Diane Dweller considers herself an optimistic survivor. This attitude has propelled her from hiding under her bed as a child to appearances on “CBS This Morning,” CNBC, NBC, FOX, and QVC shows. Dweller has been a successful Simon and Schuster author and a columnist for “The New York Daily News.” Her memoir Mom, Mania, and Me, Surviving and...
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September 15, 2017
By: Laura Sanscartier
I am 37 years old. I have battled symptoms of bipolar disorder since I was a child, and was diagnosed when I was in my early 20s. Essentially, I have endured and tried to “fix” this disease, even cure it, for 30 years. I have gone to many, many, many doctors. I have taken thousands (maybe millions?) of pills. I have...
September 12, 2017
By Doug Colbeth
I picked this title because the first thing you do after your acceptance of a bipolar condition is to focus on your own treatment (not others). However, after you have developed your own program for managing your condition, it is very worthwhile to reflect on those three critical types of relationships in life. I was not diagnosed until my...
September 11, 2017
As a hi-tech CEO for over 25 years I led the evolution of two companies (Spyglass Inc. and Kinaxis Inc.) from start up ventures to public companies worth billions in market valuation. These two innovative companies both had to be reinvented (multiple times) in order to survive and then enjoy success. The notion of reinvention is also related...
September 8, 2017
By: Christine Saenz
I am three-time suicide attempt survivor; I know first hand what it is like to be in that dark place of feeling hopeless. Battling a mental illness can be an exhausting and lonely place. Mental illness can bully your mind into believing that you are a burden and your family and friends will be better off without you, when it simply isn’t...
September 5, 2017
By: James Phelps, M.D.
“Bipolar” is the wrong word. Worse than inaccurate -- it’s directly misleading:1. Depression is the main problem for most folks. Bipolar should be called “Depression Plus."2. Depression and manic symptoms frequently occur together, in “mixed states."3. Many people with “unipolar” depression also have manic symptoms.4. There is no dividing line...
September 1, 2017
By: Danielle Workman
I’ve said it in many other posts and even in my book, but the day I received my diagnosis and was told I had Bipolar Disorder, I truly felt alone. The days that followed, the feeling remained. The more I searched online and the more I dug, the worse I felt. I longed for someone to tell me that things were going to be okay. That life wasn’t over....
September 1, 2017
By: Emily McGuigan
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward HopperAs an artist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), I have primarily used drawing and painting to help me cope with and explain traumatic or stressful events in my life, but also to discover who I am as a person. Art allows me to...
September 1, 2017
Emily McGuigan resides in the Philadelphia area and currently attends West Chester University as a Junior. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts with minors in International Business and Psychology. Emily’s passion for the arts and lifelong struggles with Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder have led her to...
August 25, 2017
By: Conor Bezane
There are 5.7 million bipolar people in the US, and 60 percent of them are addicts, according to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study. Co-occurring addiction is more common in bipolar people than in any other psychiatric group. We drink and use drugs to stabilize our moods or to replicate the feelings of mania. I was diagnosed bipolar...