A circle of blurred faces surrounded me, all talking at once. The level of chaos outpaced my own mind and I struggled to keep track of what was going on. … Continue reading My Journey to Stability, Pt. 3
“…you’re the spawn of the Devil!” After watching the pictures fly across the room, my husband turned back to his screen, acting unfazed by my actions or words. His response, or lack thereof, … Continue reading My Journey to Stability, Pt. 2
Excitedly, I join this blog’s wonderful team. I have been passionate about mental health for many years, and I hope to be able to share my journey as I continue … Continue reading My Journey to Stability, Pt. 1
Bipolar is a debilitating brain-illness. Rapid Cycling is even worse. After my traumatic experience, I was determined to be in control of myself and my body from there on out. … Continue reading Appetite for Destruction
First off, it was a crazy week. Full-time graduate student, working on my next fantasy fiction novel writing 5,000 words a day and finishing the second edits of my book that is in the publishing phase so that I can reach the final edits. All these things got done at the expense of my mental health and my work for the week. I bombed both assignments, something I have never done as an undergraduate (I graduated with 3.92-grade average) or in the three-plus courses of my graduate studies.
My wife says she can always tell when I go off my medication. She says I stop making sense, speak gibberish, and do and say things that are utterly irrational. … Continue reading The Unfettered Insanity of Unmedicated Bipolar Disorder
From what I have gathered from others that deal with cyclothymia is that depressive episodes are mild and never go into full-blown depressive episodes. On the mania side, the manic episodes are considered symptomatic of hypomania which a milder form of mania.
The title is not a rhetorical question… Bipolar folks: what do you do when you feel the depression is returning? I always thought I was a naturally upbeat, productive person, … Continue reading What Do You Do When You Feel the Depression Returning?
This is the first part of a series that will be featured on my blog that describes what bipolar disorder feels like to me. In each post I will explore … Continue reading Bipolar Disorder Described in a Word: Engrossing
Ever get so caught up in the day to day crap-you-have-to-do that you lose sight of what you actually need to do… or what might actually enrich your life? Of … Continue reading Challenge Yourself! – Find 5 Meaningful Things To Do
Who, me? This was my honest response to my psychiatrist’s diagnosis of bipolar. Not only did I not accept it, I thought she had my file confused with someone else’s. … Continue reading Who, Me?
I wrote this about a year and a half ago. I hope it helps you better understand what it’s like to live with bipolar 1 disorder with ultradian rapid cycling … Continue reading How Having Bipolar Disorder is Like Running a Marathon