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Holding on to Hope

November 19, 2019

By: Thea Madeline Porter

I grew up in a typical middle class neighborhood in southern California. During my childhood I enjoyed being creative, playing sports, taking Irish dancing, listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. I was diagnosed Bipolar Type 1 when I was 20 years old.In my early 20’s it is thought that with...
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Vigilance

November 12, 2019

By: Malcolm Kerec 

A few weeks ago, I had a sharp reminder of how looking after my mental health is a constant battle and that staying well is not a set-and-forget task. After years of relative stability, it's all too easy to take good mental health for granted. I'd been doing too much and wasn't able to stick to my normal routine. Add together a few business...
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By: Ivory Smith

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had a big meal only to feel hungry 2 hours later? Do you eat that 4th meal of the day at 3:00 am at night standing in the kitchen? Have you watched your clothes get tight and hope that it is because the dryer that has shrunk them? Well I have definitely experienced all of these. We know that bipolar meds...
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By: Greg Walshaw

I was finishing my first year of a Master’s program when things started to change. The first time I stayed up all night to work on a paper, I thought nothing of it: the paper had to get done, and this was the cost of getting it done. I remember getting through the next day without crashing, even going out with friends in the evening. I still...
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Where’s My Lasagna?

July 22, 2019

By: Natalia Beiser 

When one is undergoing mental health treatment, it often feels as if no one cares. It is rare that one will receive a greeting card or flowers, nor a covered dish when arriving home from the hospital. In my experience, most are standoffish. Recently, I was diagnosed with cancer. When the “C” word is spoken, everyone reacts....
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By: Allan G. Cooper

When I am experiencing a Depressive Episode it feels like I am walking in a dark haze of sadness and fatigue. My limbs feel like they are twice as heavy and it takes a tremendous amount of will power to complete the simplest of tasks.Social situations are a challenge because my anxiety is high and my concentration is poor. Normally, I enjoy...
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By: Cassandra Stout

Trigger warning: This post contains a brief mention of suicide. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or refer to our list of International Suicide Hotlines.This past May was self-discovery month. One of the most crucial ways to encourage...
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By: Natalia Beiser

My mother knew at an early age that I suffered from depression. What she did not know was what to do about it. My remembrance of the 1970’s is that no one discussed mental health unless an acquaintance went to the state hospital. Then it was discussed in very dark, quiet hushes. There was a world of difference in the stigma...
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By: Sophie Prosolek

Self-discovery is an important part of learning to be an individual, but in my opinion it’s all the more important when that individual has Bipolar disorder.Bipolar, in its many guises, can be a really two-faced friend; it occasionally allows you to feel an incredible sense of self, and then rips it all away in the blink of an eye, leaving you...
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By: Laura Sanscartier

From the time I was a little girl, I have always had horrible thoughts. Thoughts of hurting people, thoughts of people dying. Thoughts of car crashes and horrible accidents around the house. I always thought that I was just a strange person, and that having these thoughts was a part of my broken brain. Fast forward to 2018, and it was finally made...
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By: Liz Wilson

My children were born 6 years apart. My son and daughter are two very different children with two very different mothers; who happened to be in the same body. That is largely because of my changing attitude toward education and self-advocacy.  Thomas was barely a week old when the postpartum depression turned psychotic in proportions.“...
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Accepting My Diagnosis

May 20, 2019

By: Sydney Batt

I felt slightly relieved the day I was diagnosed with having bipolar disorder-- it felt good to have an explanation for my actions, however the days to come were very difficult.I was very emotional the first couple months after my diagnosis--any time someone asked me how I was feeling I broke down crying, regardless of the person. I had been...
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