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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

Stigma Fighters: Anaiyah Lovely

Looking back on my behavior over the past forty years, I can pinpoint certain events that I realize now, were not of normal behavior. Being ultra-sensitive to television shows (crying over an American Express commercial), finding myself completely destroyed and depressed when it came to rejection, feelings of complete desperation of trying to hold onto [...]

By | 2016-05-17T11:58:29+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Rebecca Lombardo -The Challenges of Being a Bipolar Author

The Challenges of Being a Bipolar Author I’ve spent many, many years dealing with bipolar disorder. However, I’ve only spent a year as a bipolar author. All authors face challenges. Struggling to be published, meeting deadlines, promoting. I am now of the opinion that those of us dealing with bipolar disorder have a different battle [...]

By | 2016-05-15T11:51:42+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Matt Joseph Diaz

Being Good At Living With Mental Illness Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Have It “How do you just talk to people so easily?” she asked me. “I’d be so anxious.” “That’s my secret,” I replied, pulling out my best Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers voice. “I’m always anxious.” I’m often told, especially by people in mental [...]

By | 2016-05-12T11:04:57+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: A.S. Minor

I struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD. Over the last few years I found myself in a very dark and lonely place that I honestly didn't think I would get out of. This dark place led me to psych units across the eastern part of the United States, and as time went [...]

By | 2016-05-05T19:08:03+00:00 May 8th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Emily Hemmerle

An open letter to my mental illness, How I've known you for years, you've molded me into the person I am today. You have 3 sides to you, the anxiety, the mania, and the depression. You've taken a toll on my health but I don't let you control me. The anxiety, man you need to [...]

By | 2016-05-05T05:20:39+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Meridith

I majored in psychology, for a year or two at least, in college so I took plenty of psychology classes back in the early 90s. I remember taking one class in particular. It was called “Abnormal Psychology”. I remember learning about bipolar disorder and thinking, wait, other people don’t feel this way? Other, “normal”, people [...]

By | 2016-04-23T06:24:22+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Dawn Ogle

Bipolar. Manic depressive. Those were the only words I heard come out of my doctor’s mouth. Unstable. Mental case. Crazy. Insane. Those were the words that ran through my mind. I was sitting across from her at the desk. Those words were thrown in my face as if they meant nothing at all. That’s because she [...]

By | 2016-04-23T05:58:12+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Lynn Rae

Oprah said that when something isn’t working right in our lives first the universe gives us a whisper, then a nudge, then a push, then a shove. Then we’ll get hit with a brick and if we still don’t listen an earthquake will come along and totally disrupt our lives. Well, I waited for the [...]

By | 2016-04-21T06:26:30+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Aspen Morrow

NIGHT TERRORS I understood suicide the very first time I heard of it around age 11, I had been committing it every night in my sleep for a decade. My earliest memories at 18 months old were of night terrors that included a suicidal death. Wads of snakes in various sizes, colors and patterns slithered [...]

By | 2016-03-28T17:35:30+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar|0 Comments