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Stigma Fighters: The Summer of the Spare Tire

It was rare that my sister, Sandi, and I visited my father at the same time, but that summer things had fallen into place, and we spent the last weeks of July crammed into a trailer five miles outside Belton. The trailer was half a century old, eight feet wide and forty feet long, but [...]

By | 2016-08-20T14:21:07+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Carl Wade Thompson

Bipolar Tide My mind moves like the ocean, coming and going with the moon. The tide rolls in—mania, I am at the top of the world. There’s nothing I can do, mental waves crashing down. Vision distorted by emotion, can’t trust my brain anyhow. The tide rolls out-depression, I am the lowest of the lows. [...]

By | 2016-07-16T12:07:51+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighter's Poetry, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jed Diamond

When I found my father’s journals, I knew I had to stop running away from mental illness. They were at the bottom of a box containing his unpublished plays and stories that revealed his struggles during the time I was growing up. By the time I read them I was a successful psychotherapist with a [...]

By | 2016-07-06T11:08:18+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Brandon Ha

I was standing there, head lowered down as low as it could possibly go. The bailiff had just told me to rise as some honorable judge made his way through the courtroom and took a seat on his iron throne. Not a single fuck was given. That day as the antipsychotic medication I’d been forcibly [...]

By | 2016-06-06T04:58:59+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jennifer Selinger

Because You Asked Me What It's Like Late nights in bed staring at the swirls in the ceiling, wondering if you'll get at least 3 hours of sleep tonight, if this is a side effect of the medication, if there will ever be enough chemically unaltered "me" left to feel like myself again, or if [...]

By | 2016-05-29T09:59:25+00:00 May 29th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Ben Fama Jr.

As a male living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, it often takes us years to figure out what is wrong with us, and sometimes we create a lot of destruction in the wake of even finding out that something is wrong. It’s hard to remember exactly when my story began, but I can [...]

By | 2016-05-27T12:31:37+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Kate Dolan

*Trigger warning -self harm If you had told me I would be where I am today fifteen, ten, or five years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was not always the light-hearted, employed, and (for the most part) stable writer that sits before you behind her mac screen. Quite the opposite - not so [...]

By | 2016-05-26T03:01:50+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment