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Sally Buchanan-Hagen

My name’s Sally and I live in Australia. I’m 24, a nurse in the emergency department, an honours student and I have bipolar type I disorder.

When I was 20 I was diagnosed with unipolar depression, but a few years later at 22 it was evident that I had bipolar. I was diagnosed with bipolar type II but in the months following that diagnosis I had a full-blown psychotic manic episode and was re-diagnosed with bipolar type I. Looking back, I had my first major depressive episode when I was 14 which lasted for nearly a year. Since 18 I’ve been cycling between depression and hypomania/mania. I’ve been hospitalised for a mixed state, a manic episode and a depressed episode. Over the past 18 months I’ve spent the equivalent of 6 months in hospital.

I’m slowly finding my feet with this diagnosis and am learning to recognise my triggers and early warning signs of an episode. I don’t know where I’d be without the love and support of family, friends and health care professionals. I’m now passionate about mental health promotion and eliminating the stigma of mental illness. 

I enjoy surfing, writing music, playing piano, cello and violin, running and spending time with family and friends.


hi sally, best wishes for fighting against bipolar

Hi sally!.. Wish me luck in fighting my bipolar too.. :)

Thanks for your blog and youtube postings. I have bipolar type l so understand what you are going through. It's tough to break the stigma but blogs like yours are helping. Nice to know i am not alone.

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