Keeping a job sounds like a simple task, yet my bipolar disorder wants to get in the way of that.
If you have bipolar disorder, you have almost certainly been put on an antidepressant before, but did your doctor ever tell you about the risks associated with bipolar disorder and antidepressants?
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.
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.
What follows is a complete list of every medication and procedure I have ever been on/used.
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.
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.
So often is the case that creativity goes along with bipolar disorder, and it is underutilized in this suit-and-tie world we live in.
Personally, I’m a writer and that is my outlet. I both turn my emotions into prose and in doing so, I release those pent up feelings that smother me. I pour out my thoughts onto paper and manifest a physical map to my condition.
The great example is my autobiography/memoir. Bipolar disorder had created so much chaos in my life, but putting it down on paper, I was able to analyse my behavior. Why did I act the way I acted? How can I change, so it won’t happen again? But most importantly of all, what can I control, and what is beyond my ability to change?
Music, painting, theater, and so much more can all be a conduit for releasing emotions and creating a road map to the chaos inside.
The world pushes us to the 9-to-5, but it takes more than money to truly live. Take charge and be the next Earnest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh, or Carrie Fisher. You just might feel better for doing so.
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.
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.
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.
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?