Bipolar for 49 years, chronically ill for 36. The voice behind the Speaking Bipolar blog. Wrestles taxes by day, wrangles words at night. Thinker. TV Addict. Poet. Links: https://speakingbipolar.com/socialmedia
Confronting the Unique Challenges of Bipolar Dissociation
Trigger Warning: Self-harm, suicidal ideation, childhood abuse, bipolar dissociation When I was in my late twenties, a well-meaning psychotherapist diagnosed me with dissociative identity disorder (DID).
Bipolar Disorder and What It Means To Eat the Frog
I used to wake up every day dreading my biggest challenge. I put it off for as long as possible, but knew I would have to confront it head-on. It is always such a relief when you don’t procrastinate and get the hard tasks over and done with.
Why Bipolar Anger Still Scares Me Even After Decades of Treatment
It was 2:35 a.m. when the cat decided she wanted to go outside. I listened to her bang on the blinds for several minutes before I got out of bed and made my way to the patio door. I opened the door and waited for her to step out.
A Day in the Life of Bipolar Disorder: What It’s Like To Live With Mental Illness
Can you relate? I wake up and can’t get out of bed. I feel like a pink hippo is taking a nap on my chest. All I want to do is sleep, but I force myself to get up, anyway. It’s been like this for a few days now. Every morning feels like an impossible battle just to keep going.
One Dinner With Friends Reminded Me Why I Avoid Social Interaction
I’m notorious among my group of friends for turning down social invites. It’s amazing I have any friends left as often as I reply with a ‘no’ to their invitations. The guilt crushes me, but I feel helpless most days to offer another answer.
How Buying a Hammer Helps Me Be a Better Writer
As I approached the three employees, I could hear them discussing the previous weekend’s party. “Excuse me,” I started as I approached. “Could one of you help me with a hammer?” (It wasn't really a hammer, but for simplicity, let's substitute a hammer for the product I needed.)
The Inspiration You Need To Never Give Up (With 7 Useful Quotes)
Any hope for survival seemed impossible. The team of 28 men had been away for over 400 days in one of the most inhospitable environments in the world. Their trip to explore the wonders of Antarctica was one they feared they would not survive.
7 Life Lessons Learned From My Father’s Cat
Her concentration is unbreakable as she crouches close to the ground. Every muscle stays perfectly still except for the tip of her tail, which wags ever so slightly as the only warning to her intended victim. With eyes fixed on one spot on the ground, she’s a statue waiting for her prey to make a terminal mistake.