When I experienced my first manic episode at eighteen, my family was oblivious to my struggle. My mother stated that I had done something to bring the illness onto myself. She expressed that she believed that the trigger was that I had previously drank alcohol as a minor. She even sought out a minister to see if I had become...
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May 4, 2018
By: Laura Sanscartier
I first knew there was something different about me when I was about 7. I kept my mouth shut, as I was the oldest of 4 kids, and mom and dad had many things to take care of. I could feel my body shift into moments of extreme anger, sadness, or happiness. Whenever these moments "leaked out", my family would attribute it to my "dramatic and...
May 2, 2018
By: Tosha Maaks
I get to speak with a lot of different types of people every day. It often comes up that I am a mental health advocate; most of the time I get very positive responses. I will hear things like “thank you for the work you do” or “we need more people like you.”However, occasionally there will someone who says something that without knowing they are...
May 2, 2018
Tosha Maaks is a mom and a wife who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when her youngest boys were only 2 years old. She raised all four of her children in a house where the topic of mental health was openly discussed. After going back to school in 2012 and a turn of events wound her up in jail because of mania, she decided that recovery was a...
By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT
Emotions are the foundation of a romantic relationship. They are an inherent part of the attachment we have to our partner, and our emotions surrounding the person, behaviors and events all affect are feelings about the relationship itself. When one person or both people struggle with bipolar disorder, it can add additional layers of work and...
April 27, 2018
By: Christine Marie Frey
One of the most important things to remember in life is that everybody needs help sometimes. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I refused any help that came my way. I didn’t want help from my parents, my teachers, or even my friends. I wanted help from a teenager who could understand what I was going through. I needed somebody who...
April 23, 2018
By: Richard Hansler
Bipolar glasses? Are they the ones they give you when you go to see a 3D movie? No? You say they are designed to help people with bipolar disorder sleep better and help them control their moods. Awesome!! Tell me more.The idea that wearing glasses could help people with bipolar disorder seems kind of weird, but clinical trials have shown they...
April 20, 2018
By Lori Lane Murphy
There are times when I bore myself silly.Living with my mental illness is like living with that one person who corners you at every party. You know the one? The one who won’t stop talking. Not only will they not stop talking, they usually have food in stuck in their teeth and you can’t look away.It is tiring.Now, don’t get me wrong. I will always...
April 18, 2018
By: John Poehler
April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK.Stress is a huge trigger of bipolar disorder. There is no way to completely get rid of stress. Noone lives in a bubble, but there are ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life. How Stress Affects My MoodsFor me, stress deregulates my mood. Extreme stress can trigger a full...
By: Natalia Beiser
After a serious depression, I was declared to be legally disabled and experienced extreme social phobia. I was rarely able to go in public, except in the middle of the night. I was afraid that I would be seen by people that I had known in my career and I was immobilized by fear in the thought of seeing them. The chances of...