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A Thank You Letter To A Supportive Friend

By: Natalia Beiser Dear Mrs. Martin:  I was insecure when entering your College Prep English class in the year of 1989.  I worked really hard and earned an “A” each quarter.  You fostered my love of writing, one that I never had nurtured. We had a huge...

The Aftermath Of A Crisis

By: Lori Lane Murphy Summer started with a bang for me the first of June. My husband and best friend had a stroke. He’s ok. No lasting physical damage, but there are certainly some psychological ones we are both trying to manage. If I’m honest, it’s mostly me that’s...

A Hug And A Whisper

A Hug And A Whisper

By: Laura Sanscartier In the battle against Bipolar Disorder, one often feels alone. This is nothing new. The disease is such that we are left feeling powerless. No one will ever feel the way that we feel, will never know the highs and lows, will never know the agony...

LAUGHING THERAPY

LAUGHING THERAPY

by The Secret Psychiatrist When we think of therapy, what pops into our head? Before becoming a psychiatrist, I would think of a stereotypical image of an American Freudian counselor analysing a patient lying on a couch. Of course, this does indeed still happen, and I...

The Secret Psychiatrist

The Secret Psychiatrist

The Secret Psychiatrist is a female doctor and psychiatrist working currently in London. She has a degree in medicine and philosophy, as well as co-founding her own charity abroad in Romania helping children with learning disabilities. She enjoys sharing tales of her...

The Role My Support System Has In Helping Me Through Recovery

The Role My Support System Has In Helping Me Through Recovery

By: Tosha Maaks I am what I consider a true manic these days. For me, I teeter more towards mania than depression more often than I use too. It is still a constant balancing act and I still have rough days where I have depression. However, it is not the suicidal...

Exhausted Isn’t Bad Enough, Is It?

Exhausted Isn’t Bad Enough, Is It?

By: Carissa Martos The first time I really contemplated suicide, I was a teenager, and there were two feelings, and only two feelings. The first was an inexorable exhaustion, one that had been dogging me for months, had finally grabbed hold of me, and I felt I...

Coping With Bipolar During Loud Holidays

Coping With Bipolar During Loud Holidays

By: Danielle Workman  If you’re anything like me, the mere thought of the 4th of July, Chinese New Year, or even smaller firework related holidays and events make your skin crawl. These holidays come with a wide range of emotions, and all of them royally mess up what...

PTSD & Bipolar Disorder

PTSD & Bipolar Disorder

By: Laura Sanscartier When I was 20, I was sexually assaulted. The details of such an incident are my own, and not anything of any use in a blog post, but they caused a condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. PTSD is found in the DSM-V, and many who...

Carissa Martos

Carissa Martos

Carissa is a teacher, mother, wife, and writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Now in her mid-thirties, she has lived with bipolar since she was a teen, as well as having a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder and C-PTSD. She also lives with blinding ocular...

Carissa Martos

You Say “Co-Morbid” Like It Is A Bad Thing

By: Carissa Martos When multiple diagnoses exist in the same person, and impact each other, they are known as co-morbid conditions. My bipolar diagnosis came when I was 19, but I’d struggled with the cycles of manic function and depressed inability since...

My Journey With Trauma And Dual Diagnosis

My Journey With Trauma And Dual Diagnosis

By: Liz Wilson  Trauma: An incident and its physiological and psychological effects on victims and/or witnesses to the event. The DSM describes 5 types of PTSD, the label most commonly associated with trauma. I want to talk about comorbid PTSD; a diagnosis given when...

How My Bipolar Diagnosis Helped Me Seek Treatment For PTSD

By: Tosha Maaks When my father became sick about three years ago, I started to wake up almost nightly with night terrors. I would begin to cry and scream in my sleep to the point that my husband would wake up from a sound sleep and hold me as I tried to regain my...

My Tears Fell Because I Knew They Did Not Have To

My Tears Fell Because I Knew They Did Not Have To

By: Jayson Blair  I woke up late in the morning. It was a little after 7 a.m. I have been sick for the past few days so I decided to not rush into work. I made a cup of coffee in my kitchen and then walked over to the living room. Standing between the couch and my...

Talking With Friends About Triggers And Boundaries

Talking With Friends About Triggers And Boundaries

By: Courtney Davey MA, MFT Talking about Bipolar Disorder can sometimes be difficult to do with people that you care about. It can be exhausting to educate people that you care about on the way that you interact with your symptoms and the world when you experience...

5 Expectations And How Stigma Has Impacted Me As A Man

5 Expectations And How Stigma Has Impacted Me As A Man

By: John Poehler When it comes to the topic of male stigma, I have quite the extensive experience. Right now, I am a 39 year-old male. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder right before my 21st birthday. The Beginning The expectations how a man is supposed to act and...

My Love/Hate Relationship With Medication

My Love/Hate Relationship With Medication

By: Natalia Beiser  I have been on medications for bipolar disorder my entire adult life. The prescriptions and I have an avid love/hate relationship.  I need medications to function with the most amount of mental clarity. I resent my medications and am treatment...

Managing Friendships While Living With Bipolar Disorder

Managing Friendships While Living With Bipolar Disorder

By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT We as humans are social creatures. Our relationships with family who raise us, partners who love us and friends who care for us influence our understanding of ourselves, others and the world. While family is assigned to us and partner(s)...

“Even Me?”

“Even Me?”

By: Kryss Jobes It seems innocent enough on the surface, but let’s take a closer look. Imagine you’re going through a rough time. You feel that downward swing in motion and you are overwhelmed. You’re doing your best to take care of yourself and your responsibilities,...

The Link Between Substance Abuse And Bipolar Disorder

The Link Between Substance Abuse And Bipolar Disorder

By: Geoff Crain How Are The Two Related? According the the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day to day tasks. If you have bipolar...

My Stint In Rehab Inspired Me To Speak Up For Mental Health

My Stint In Rehab Inspired Me To Speak Up For Mental Health

By: Conor Bezane It was in rehab in 2012 that I decided to carry the flag for the mentally ill. I’d received my diagnosis of bipolar four years earlier and ended up in treatment because I was drinking two six-packs of beer or two bottles of wine — or more — every...

Stigma In Entertainment 2018: The United States Of Bipolar

Stigma In Entertainment 2018: The United States Of Bipolar

By: Liz Wilson A cursory look at the research demonstrates that there is still misinformation in the entertainment industry in regards to mental illness, too few role models who are public about their mental illness/es, and that measurable strides have been made by...

Solitary Confinement And Mental Illness

Solitary Confinement And Mental Illness

By: Carol R. Ray, Ph.D. The jails and prison systems are the de facto mental health institution (Abramsky and Fellner, 2003).  There is a prison within the prison, that those with mental health conditions, are subjected to. That is the practice of “solitary...

An Excerpt From Beautiful Bipolar

An Excerpt From Beautiful Bipolar

By: Danielle Workman To the Beautiful, Bold, Bipolar; The culture of today is fast paced, moving at a breakneck speed. With the technological savviness of social media sitting in the forefront of most of our minds, our culture has come to not only know but expect...

Mental Health Care Packages

Mental Health Care Packages

By: Christine Saenz Ever since my diagnosis of Bipolar II back in 2010 I’ve worked really hard to get family and friends to understand that people with mental illness should be shown the same kindness and compassion as someone with a physical illness. When I was...

Why Me? Bipolar Disorder

By: Nancy Travers If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, it’s important to understand there are many forms of depression. Basically, Bipolar Disorder involves episodes of depression and mania. Bipolar I Disorder involves severe...

Bipolar Disorder Is Not My Fault

Bipolar Disorder Is Not My Fault

By: Natalia Beiser When I experienced my first manic episode at eighteen, my family was oblivious to my struggle. My mother stated that I had done something to bring the illness onto myself. She expressed that she believed that the trigger was that I had previously...

Mental Health Awareness: How & Why?

Mental Health Awareness: How & Why?

By: Laura Sanscartier I first knew there was something different about me when I was about 7. I kept my mouth shut, as I was the oldest of 4 kids, and mom and dad had many things to take care of. I could feel my body shift into moments of extreme anger, sadness, or...

Breaking Stigma Through Awareness

Breaking Stigma Through Awareness

By: Tosha Maaks I get to speak with a lot of different types of people every day. It often comes up that I am a mental health advocate; most of the time I get very positive responses. I will hear things like “thank you for the work you do” or “we need more people like...

Tosha Maaks

Tosha Maaks

Tosha Maaks is a mom and a wife who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when her youngest boys were only 2 years old. She raised all four of her children in a house where the topic of mental health was openly discussed. After going back to school in 2012 and a turn of...

Brain XP

Brain XP

By: Christine Marie Frey One of the most important things to remember in life is that everybody needs help sometimes. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I refused any help that came my way. I didn’t want help from my parents, my teachers, or even my...

Hansler Bipolar Glasses

Hansler Bipolar Glasses

By: Richard Hansler Bipolar glasses? Are they the ones they give you when you go to see a 3D movie? No? You say they are designed to help people with bipolar disorder sleep better and help them control their moods. Awesome!! Tell me more. The idea that wearing glasses...

My Bipolar Is Like A Jealous Boyfriend

My Bipolar Is Like A Jealous Boyfriend

By Lori Lane Murphy There are times when I bore myself silly. Living with my mental illness is like living with that one person who corners you at every party. You know the one? The one who won’t stop talking. Not only will they not stop talking, they usually have...

Stress Awareness Month In The UK

Stress Awareness Month In The UK

By: John Poehler April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK. Stress is a huge trigger of bipolar disorder.   There is no way to completely get rid of stress. Noone lives in a bubble, but there are ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life.   How Stress Affects...

Surprising Benefits From Keeping A Gratitude Journal

Surprising Benefits From Keeping A Gratitude Journal

By: Sasha Kildare  Sometimes desperation inspires action. A while back, the desperation of homelessness ended my eight-year cycle of hospitalizations for bipolar disorder that had begun in my teens. Sixteen years ago, I was struggling with secondary infertility....

Sasha Kildare

Sasha Kildare

Sasha Kildare is a storyteller with a passion for mental health advocacy and integrative treatment. Her blogs about creativity, fiction, and depression can be found at DriventoTellStories.com. Doses of dark humor punctuate her semi-autobiographical coming-of-age...

Why ‘The Walking Dead’ Broke My Heart

Why ‘The Walking Dead’ Broke My Heart

By: Kam **Spoiler/Trigger Alert** I’ve had Netflix and Prime for a long time but as I spend most of my free time either studying or engaged in some kind of outdoor activity, I was late to the party with ‘The Walking Dead’. My friends were positively shocked when I...

Dare To Be Different

Dare To Be Different

By: Conor Bezane I used to be ashamed of my bipolar status. I was ashamed of all of the screwball things I did when I was manic. That was back in 2008, when I tipped the shoe-shine guy $60 because that’s how much I had in my wallet and it seemed like the nice thing to...

Becoming Your Own Advocate

Becoming Your Own Advocate

By: Danielle Workman  Being your own advocate is neverending. In January, I had to be admitted to the emergency room due to an unusual complication to a common ailment. While it wasn’t related to my mental illness at all, the emergency room staff was convinced that it...

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