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Stigma

The Transgenerational Curse

Anyone who has ever been in a Bible thumping church or the South in general is well aware of how some Christians call mental illness a curse from God.

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Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (Electroshock)

No other treatment in psychiatry is so shrouded in mystery as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or electroshock as many know it by. In this post I recount my experience getting my brain zapped repeatedly.

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Book Reviews

Best Bipolar Memoirs

I’m going to rank all the bipolar memoirs I have read with commentary about each one as I go. In the title I will rate the book 1-5 on how clearly it describes being bipolar. I will continuously update this list with each new memoir I read.

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Bipolar Disorder

Running Wild: A Manic Episode

Nothing sounds more like bipolar disorder than spending sprees, grandiose thoughts, and suicidal ideation. What follows is my worst manic episode that led to my first hospitalization.

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Book Reviews

Marbles: A Book Review

If you haven’t heard of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, + Me, you need to go out to the store and buy a copy. Marbles is a New York Times Bestselling graphic memoir written by Ellen Forney about her struggle with bipolar I disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder

My First Mental Hospitalization

The mental hospital is a mysterious place for many, and no one ever wants to be inside one. It has derogatory names like the “nut house” and the “looney bin,” but it saved my life. Here is my attempt at destigmatizing mental hospitals.

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Bipolar Disorder

Manic: An Episode Deconstructed

What does a manic episode look like? In this post I first describe an episode of mine, then break it down piece by piece explaining the ins and outs of the episode.

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Medication

Lithium

If you’re bipolar, you’ve probably heard about lithium. Your psychiatrist might have even tried to put you on it if you’re not already. So what is lithium, besides a miracle that is?