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Alana L

Goals, Not Resolutions

It’s the first month of the year and most people are posting about their New Year’s resolutions. There are plenty of articles with ideas and they’re almost all the same: work out, save more money for retirement, remove toxic friendships, eliminate processed foods, and so on. 

When You're First Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

When you’re first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it’s normal to be confused, scared, and upset. You may be grieving, and that’s okay. The pain may feel unbearable, but it will eventually fade. Though you may feel alone right now, you are never alone. There are people ready, and willing to help you. This illness may not curable, but it is manageable. 

12 Steps for Maintaining a Healthy, Stable, and Happy Lifestyle

Grab a journal. This will become an essential. 

1. Learn the basics. 

Know what Bipolar Disorder is, and the symptoms of mania and depressive episodes. Write “Mania” on one side and “Depressive” on the other. Write all of the symptoms down, even if you haven’t experienced one.  This information can be found on this website. 

2. Identify your symptoms. 

Half of Me

It was the first Saturday night at my new place and I was anxious to get away from the cardboard boxes that filled my room. Luckily, I had been invited by an old friend to come join her and a couple of her friends in the city. I didn’t know anyone in the area yet and knew that it’d be a great opportunity to socialize with new faces, as well as catch up with the old. 

Alana L

Alana currently lives within the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with her 6-year-old beagle and Fiancé​. ​She studied Sociology and English at Radford University but medically withdrew during her senior year in 2008 when she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1. Through the support, patience, and unconditional love of her friends and family, she was able to find treatment and learn different strategies for maintaining a healthy and stable lifestyle. She hopes that through her writing, she can inspire and educate others that are affected by this illness.