Category: Blogger Biographies

Gretchen W.

Gretchen W.

Gretchen Wallet was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where she still currently lives.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelors in English.  She is currently applying to an MSW program with the hopes of being a therapist. ...

Doreen B.

Doreen B.

Doreen is a busy wife and mom. She likes doing whatever she’s in the “mood” for. She spends her time taking care of her family, doing hobbies, and being active with church. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and enjoys substitute teaching. Doreen was...

Sara L.

I am married to my soulmate, mother to a child who is wise and sensitive beyond his years, and working as an attorney for now. I was diagnosed with “a bipolar spectrum disorder” after a difficult post partum year, and have since remained “not otherwise specified”...

Ashley Z.

A colourful array of emotions,  Where to start. The past 3 years of my life have been by far the most difficult but also the most life-changing and maturing as a young adult. I was 20 years old when I was diagnosed with bipolar type I rapid cycling disorder. I...

Gabe Howard

Gabe Howard is a leadership and motivational speaker, mental illness blogger and writer, as well as a person living with mental illness. Over ten years ago, Gabe was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital....

Natalie McKinnon

Natalie McKinnon

Natalie McKinnon grew up and lives in Massachusetts. She is married to her husband and best friend Donald of 15 years. She attended Massasoit Community College and obtained her Director II Certification in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is active in her...

Rae-Ann

My name is Rae-Ann.  I am 48 years old.  I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 when I was 27 years old, after over 10 years of struggle.  For the last 32 years, I have endured many episodes, both depressive and manic.  I now refer to myself as a...

Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer is a former professional recruiter turned writer/mental health advocate via her blog, Bipolar Mom Life. She’s currently producing a live performance theater show on mental health awareness and appreciation which will debut in Arlington, VA in May of 2014...

Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore

 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 33 years old. Although I lived my entire life with mood swings, it was not until 3 years ago that I was diagnosed. Prior to that, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, which made sense because I only...

Justin Schleifer

Justin Schleifer transplanted to the Monterey Peninsula from the East Coast in 2005. He is a person with a wide array of experience. He has spent a brief amount of time in many career fields. He has been in education, business, sales, the Army National Guard, health...

Nicole Lyons

Nicole Lyons

Nicole Lyons is the mother of two beautiful and brilliant daughters. She is a fierce mental health advocate and volunteers her time with a Canadian NPO that focuses on suicide prevention. She is a columnist on Psych Central and the Director of Operations for the NPO...

Melody Lin

Melody Lin, born in Taichung, Taiwan, recevieved her B.S. in Biology from the University of Taiwan and 4 years later, her Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois.During 1981-1986, Melody worked as a social worker in Chicago and Taiwan. Then in 1987, she...

Dr. Jennifer Bahr

Dr. Jennifer Bahr

Dr. Jennifer Bahr is licensed naturopathic doctor that specializes in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness. She was drawn to this because of personal and family struggles with mood and anxiety disorders, most of which found their beginnings in childhood. She...

Spencer McCauley

Spencer McCauley

Hi! My name is Spencer and I am a new blogger for the Bipolar Foundation. I recently graduated from Trinity College, obtaining my BS in Psychology and completing the Interarts track as well as the Pre-med track. I am interested in pursuing a career in psychological...

Laura SQ

Laura SQ

Laura SQ is Mrs Bipolarity. Outing herself as having bipolar disorder this year with determination to fight the stigma that comes with mental illness. Laura, herself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2002 at the age of nineteen. She now proudly lives a stable...

Scott Walker

My name is Scott Walker. I’m 39 and live in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. I was labelled as being bipolar (diagnosed) on January 1, 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand. A rather interesting way to bring in the new millenium! I had three hospital stays between 2000 and...

Scott Walker

My name is Scott Walker. I’m 39 and live in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. I was labelled as being bipolar (diagnosed) on January 1, 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand. A rather interesting way to bring in the new millenium! I had three hospital stays between 2000 and...

Patricia Potts

Patricia Potts

Patricia Potts is a seasoned speaker and writer. She was diagnosed as bipolar in the 1990’s. During that time she authored the book My Journey from Darkness to Light to teach people to understand and successfully live with bipolar illness. She wrote First-Aid for...

Elle McCoy

Elle McCoy is the name. Bipolar awareness is my aim. I hail from a town in Louisiana small enough to only contain six red-lights, but big enough to house a Super Walmart (a girl is allowed some bragging rights). Our three, town commodities are corn, cotton and...

Stillhopefulmom

If my twenty year old son knew I was writing this, I’m not sure what he’d do. Bipolar disorder can be a dangerous thing when it goes untreated. I am a mother who is afraid of her son, but I am speaking out for all the other parents out there who fear their...

Ashley

 Hello all!I feel so privileged to be sharing this blog with others through the International Bipolar Foundation, as well as being able to direct you to my personal blog.Where to start? I thought writing a bio would be easier, but my manic mind right now is...

Rebecca

Hello, my name is Rebecca, but most people call me Bekr. My family is from Costa Rica, but I was born and raised in Louisiana. Left when I was 19 for the Army. Was stationed in Korea, Germany, Arizona and did a deployment in Bosnia. Was active duty, then in the...

Alora

My name is Alora and I was diagnosed with rapid cycling Bipolar I Disorder back in 2008. While learning to deal with the disorder has been a challenge, it has given her me a chance to grow in ways most people can’t. I’ve found ways to use the mania to my advantage and...

Deborah B.

Deborrah B. is a work-from-home writer/blogger and social media strategist from Mesa, AZ. Though she is new in the bipolar community, she’s had Type II symptoms since high school which went undiagnosed until 2003. New to being medically-compliant, she tries to offer a...

Maureen

Maureen

 My name is Maureen, and I am forty years old. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about eight years ago. I have battled depression since my teens and was diagnosed with it in my late twenties, while struggling with a stressful career and difficult marriage. My...

Corrin Elizabeth Ofori

My name is Corrin Elizabeth Ofori. I am thirty-one years old. I have been diagnosed with bipolar for just about ten years and it has been a constant struggle. I have seen numerous psychiatrists, and have settled down with a bipolar specialist. I have seen an even...

Carley Cooper

Carley Cooper

My name is Carley. I’m very excited to be part of the International Bipolar Foundation blogging team. First, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my story.I’ve had a Rather Difficult Life, but I’ve Come Out the Other End Happy.I was born in Fortune,...

Kathleen K.

 My name is Kathleen K. I have been diagnosed with Schizo Affective, Bipolar One disorders since I was 33. That’s about 22 years. I have lived through just about anything and everything. From being experimented with on all kinds of medication, as the...

Kristian

Kristian

Hi, my name is Kristian. I am 27 years old and reside in Maryland. Living with cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder, I enjoy movies, music, adventures and exploring, cooking, anything creative, spending time with my family, and trying new things. In 2009, I graduated...

Jeremy

I’m a 27 year old man with bipolar I disorder. My roots are in the great state of Pennsylvania, but being a Navy child, I was raised in the southeast coast. For my early childhood I lived in Charleston, SC. In the first semester of the 1996-97 school year I...

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane. Her book is a memoir that takes an in-depth look at her own struggles with...

Angel Smith

Angel was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder, general anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder years after battling a life of alcohol and drug addictions as well as abusive relationships and two unhealthy marriages. Both marriages each resulted in a...

Jake Adams

Jake Adams currently lives in San Pedro, CA and was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He is the owner of a real estate investment company that specializes in rehabbing homes in Southbay Los Angeles area. He has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing,...

Courtney Rundell

Courtney Rundell

COURTNEY RUNDELL is a freelance blogger and stay-at-home mommy. Her personal blog can be found at www.courtneyrundell.com. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MA in Playwriting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. An...

Lee Harrison

Lee Harrison- I am a 37-year-old male living in the North of England; Yorkshire to be exact. I am married to Julie and have two children from my first marriage: Kiera, aged 10 and Cameron, aged 7. They live with their Mum but stay with us every other weekend and...

Jen T.

Jen T.

Jen T., 35, is currently pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Queensland, looking at how people with depression and their doctors understand and communicate about the condition. Before that she completed a master’s thesis in the communication for social change...

Kristi Wilkerson

Kristi Wilkerson is the author of All Things Blogtastic Blog. Wilkerson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1996. In addition to being a parent blogger for IBF, she is a ASK Champion for About...

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is an Australian lawyer and journalist now living in the US:“Moving overseas was the culmination of my worse ever manic episode. I threw away my marriage, my career, my savings – my whole life. It should have ended in disaster but there was a silver...

Charlotte Walker

Charlotte Walker

Charlotte Walker has been living with bipolar disorder since her teens. She works full time in the criminal justice field, while writing, campaigning and volunteering to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health conditions and diagnoses. Charlotte maintains a...

Maricela Estrada

Maricela Estrada

 Maricela Estrada is the author of Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self. Estrada received her Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University,...

Brian Jost

Brian Jost, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing,” is an experienced public speaker focusing on sharing his story of living with a psychiatric disorder and understands that mental illness can change a person’s life. Although he has...

Christi

Hi guys! My name is Christi. I’m 30-years old with a fiance, 2 dogs, and Bipolar II. My journey began in high school. I was a very depressed perfectionist and had trouble keeping friends. That led into eating disorders (both anorexia and bulimia) treated sporadically...

Elsabe Brits

Elsabe Brits (38) is a South African, science journalist at the Afrikaans daily newspaper Die Burger in Cape Town. She covers most academic research fields and current scientific issues including genetics, astronomy, biology, evolution, paleontology, archeology,...

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