Around time last year I felt like a ticking time bomb. Everything in my life had spiraled so far out of control within the span of a few months that I was wondering if the whispers of suicide in my mind were pointing me to the right direction. At 25, I felt like my overstimulating and busy schedule had been swept up in a tornado, throwing each component to places far beyond my reach.
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When making the decision to take an active role in handling my bipolar disorder, I was given a lot of advice that warned of the hard times ahead and the need for patience and endurance. The most common conversations, whether it is with my medical team or peers, include phrases like:
-“Finding the right medication will take a lot of trial and error before you find the right fit.”
-“Healing is not linear. There will be plenty of ups and downs throughout this lifelong illness.”
I am an intern at the International Bipolar Foundation. I spend a few hours a week at the office finding articles, writers, resources, etc. that I believe are beneficial to educating the public on bipolar disorder and also offer hope and understanding. I offer pieces on how to fight the stigma on mental health- suggestions such as, "be brave and tell your story" or "speak to your employer about your mental health needs"... so on and so forth. I spend hours looking for material that is able to represent all facets of bipolar disorder and is relatable to a multitude of people.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Aubrey Good has a deep love for Philadelphia sports, Italian food, books, and culture. She is now living in San Diego, California with her husband and emotional support dog, Roo. Aubrey is a part-time student and is involved in many volunteer and non-profit ventures covering a broad spectrum of issues. She has recently joined the team at IBPF as a Social Media Marketing and Program Manager.