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This site was created to provide hope, support, and insight to those who are affected by bipolar disorder and mental illness; Also including support and educational information for caregivers and loved ones.

Bipolar disorder is considered a mental illness where those affected with the disorder will experience alternating periods of elation (mania) and depression. Bipolar not only affects a person emotionally, but it can also affect a person physically as well. It can affect their sleep and wake cycle, energy levels, thinking, and behavior. People who live with this condition can go through periods where they feel extremely happy and energized and also go through periods where they feel sad, hopeless, and unmotivated. Some may even experience both extremes at once which is referred to as a mixed episode or state. Irritability and anxiety is commonly seen in bipolar patients experiencing a mixed episode. More often, those with this condition tend to spend more time in a depressed state rather than in a manic phase.

It should be noted that not one person will experience bipolar disorder in the same way as another person will. Everyone who lives with bipolar disorder has their own set of symptoms, triggers, and will even react very differently to medications than others might. Some may only experience half or a few bipolar symptoms whereas another may experience almost all of the symptoms of this disorder. For example, some with this condition may have alcohol and/or substance abuse problems, but then another might not. It all varies.

107023_sun_burstLiving with bipolar disorder, or any mental illness for that matter, can make it seem as if life is impossible, unfair, or feel as though one’s life has been completely taken away from them at times. One also may feel like they can never win over their illness or even begin to know what feels real to them anymore. Others may feel isolated, alone, and misunderstood. These are normal feelings to experience when living with a mental illness such as bipolar disorder. It isn’t an easy task to live with this condition, but hopefully this site can inspire and help others realize that they are not alone in this.

There is still hope for a more joyous and stronger future. Keep weathering the storm, push through the strength of the tides, take your time, relax, and breathe. Don’t let the strong winds knock you down. Get up, fight, and try again. You are strong enough. Keep pressing on, embrace the moment, and never give up. Life is a beautiful journey. In time, you will see.

Always remember: You are never alone. We are all in this together to fight, survive, and conquer mental illness. We have the power to be our best selves and to begin to view the world differently and more positively than ever before. We are also here to fight the stigma that is attached to mental illness and show those who hold the judgments so closely that those who live with a mental illness are people too and that they have just as much potential as anyone else. We all deserve a chance at equality and happiness. We are stronger than the stigma! Keep weathering the storm. Keep pushing forward and hold on for that chance for a much better tomorrow. You deserve it and you can do it! In time, all things can heal or improve.

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273 Comments

  1. You have a very engaging, encouraging, and educational site here. I look forward to reading more.

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  3. Hey I’m back as a daddy, formerly anurgetovomit but things have cha ged
    … Hope life is fairing u well….

  4. Kait,

    Yours is the first blog I’ve come across meant to inform the public about bipolar illness, affirm and support those with the illness, while creating an open forum on the disease. Thanks for following my blog. I agree with much of what’s been said here. I think the most important element in fighting the disease is developing insight not only into the disease process, but also into all things. I think you are not typical of a young person with bipolar. You cope well. I think that after one believes they can be successful in life, then starts to fight the illness, along with finding supportive people in their life to provide a place to grow, while working with a competent psychiatrist, success will blossom.

    I’m happy your blog helps people. I’ll be checking back often.

    Betsy

  5. Hi Kait! Thanks for the follow on my blog. I am always super excited to read about people who are trying to get a conversation going about mental illness or mood or personality disorders. For those who are free of those bonds, it’s difficult to understand which is why these discussions are so important. One of my close friends has bipolar disorder and I myself have C-PTSD and so I can relate from many perspectives. Great post!

  6. Thanks for following my blog!

  7. Thanks for following my blog. We share bi-polar, and you are doing very well!
    πŸ™‚

  8. A very good blog, a lot of feeling and a lot of emotional stuff there, I don’t have bipolar, but can imagine what it’s like. I look forward to reading your journey with interest. Take care. Ian

  9. Hiya! Thanks for following my blog. Ive read some of yours and its very inspiring. I dont suffer from bi-polar but have other mental health problems. Like you, I want to use my experiences to help others. I believe it is vital we share what we learn along the way on our individual recovery journeys so we can support each other. Thank you!

  10. Thank you for following my blog. Your blog is great! Thanks for sharing. Hugs/Anne

  11. I love this blog! Just love it! So inspiring…

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is impressive, and I can’t wait to see more!

  13. Thank you for sharing this very good post. I don’t suffer from Bipolar Disorder, but several other mental illnesses, of which I am not ashamed of. I suffer from major depressive disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and anxiety. I, also, have been “blessed” with several invisible chronic illnesses, of which none are curable. I’ve been in therapy for years. I have a lot on my plate and I want to be better, however long it takes, I’ll be there. You have to find therapist’s, I have 3, that you like and can trust and then you have to really open up to them and be honest with everything, in order to get the help you deserve. You can feel better. I wish you the best on your journey. Take care. πŸ™‚

  14. Hi! I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you would like to accept this nomination, then you can check my blog for the rules and such. Thanks for sharing all of this helpful information with us.

  15. Thanks for the follow. I love your blog as it has many of the same idea’s I have for people suffering from any kind of problem in there lives…..keep talking and your never alone.

  16. Thank you for following my blog

  17. Hi, thank you for the follow, I have been reading a few posts from yours and I think yours is awesome!! Talking about mental illness….all mental illnesses is so very important, we need to give a voice to what can be such a hidden and silenced topic. Go you! I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  18. Thank you for following us! We’re just getting started in the world of blogging so it means a lot

  19. Thanks for following my blog. Your blog is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story.

  20. Hello and thank you for following my blog. Having read a few of your posts I can already see that you have acquired insight and wisdom on your quest for answers and in sharing them will spread the benefits to others. In the same light of searching for answers, I’ve now begun to document some observations on my mother’s experiences with Parkinson’s from a mental impact as well as physical health. Regards, Napoleon.

  21. You are a very kind soul. Thank you for hope.

  22. Thanks for the follow! This was a really great post, I look forward to continue reading what you have to say. In particular, I agree that communication is key to understanding and fighting any mental illness–no one can do it alone. Keep up the fight!

    -j.

  23. Like Lauren, I find it helpful to know that I’m not alone in battling demons. I haven’t been diagnosed with bi-polar but I am just starting on my journey to get help with how I feel. It’s a scary step, admitting that I need some help and understanding that in asking for it, I’m not failing in any way. Thank you for being honest & open, and for being brave enough to share your story.

  24. Thank-you for following my blog. All the best to you always. πŸ™‚

  25. Outstanding post, it is always so comforting when people mention specific things I go through with my disorder. Keep up the great work and thank you for the follow.

  26. Thanks so much for reading and following!

  27. So glad to see something like this on the internet! Working in psychiatry, I am always looking for resources to help educate my patients. Great job!

  28. Hi there, what an extensive and interesting blog you have! Thanks for following Alecoute-Ntouch…that is just a site I put up to advertise my workshops but Stigmahurtseveryone.info is the blog I write about removing the stigma on mental health among other imp issues and my personal one cheryllynnroberts.wordpress.com I look forward to checking out here more so I can add your blog to my resources. Blessings, Cheryl-Lynn

  29. I think recovering is the proper term. Like alcoholics, we participate in our recovery every day. There are tools we use that are time proven and work. If we are honest, psychiatrists and therapists can get us into a state in which we have control over the illness. Know your strengths are focus on them. Don’t let people (like my former husband) make you feel less than just because there are limits to how we live. Everybody has limits.

    I enjoyed your post and I’ll follow it. You have your whole life in front of you.

  30. Thank you so much for following First Night Design. I only wish my mother had lived to see the growing support for manic depressives on the web and the slow but sure eroding of the stigma. Mind you, she’d never have been able to work out how to use a computer!

  31. Hi there, Kait. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

  32. Being “wired” a little differently as a bipolar is a wonderful blessing. We see life just a bit differently. Sharing our perspective allows us to become a great resource. We shouldn’t feel ashamed.

  33. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and the follow. I will definitely enjoy looking through your blog. I have many friends that need to read it. Meghan

  34. This is a wonderful blog for sufferers and people who need some insight. How do I follow it? I can’t find the button, lol.

  35. Hey I’m so honored you are following my blog. This is so beautiful. My best friend who is my brother has bipolar type 2 and he sometimes feels alone. But you are definitely giving people support with this I thank you!
    Mardaweh

  36. What you are doing for the bipolar community with this is wonderful. Thank you so very much. I loved this post, and I appreciate the follow and will most certainly be returning the favor…

  37. Thanks so much for the follow, it means the world to me while I’m trying to get started, trying to get the exposure to matters that are so important to me <3 Your sight here is amazing, I know you're helping so many with your work,
    Craig

  38. Thanks for the follow. You have a wonderful site here. You’re doing a great community service.

  39. Thanks for the follow πŸ™‚

  40. Thankyou for following me! It’s really uplifting to read what you’ve written, it’s definitely a reminder that mental illness is a battle that can be overcome! X

  41. This seems like an uplifting virtual space for people struggling with bipolar disorder/depression. Nice work! I love it!

  42. Always love to see the internet resources being used for the wellbeing of others like what you are doing. Keep up the good work

  43. Thanks for following. I’m happy to see the work and writing you’re doing! I’m following you too! Peace

  44. Hi Kait, just saw you’re following me – so i’ll follow you back! πŸ˜€ Nice job on your blog!

  45. Hello, I’ve just found you following my blog. Thank you so much for your interest. I’ve just had a look at your page and I love your open and honest writing, and your passion for providing hope and support. Jennifer

  46. Hi. Thanks for following my blog, “Stickball Hero”. I am now following yours, as well.

    Sincerely,
    Glen

    http://stickballhero79.wordpress.com/

  47. I found your information very informative. Thank you so much for showing interest in my blog. I deeply appreciate it. I’m always searching for information on this condition and ways of coping with it we can help my husband.

  48. Thanks a lot. Keep up the good work Brian

  49. I admire your honest and open communication of your experience. The more courageous people such as yourself openly discuss these sensitive topics, the more we fight stigma and promote healing.

  50. Thanks for following my blog–I may not have discovered yours if you hadn’t, and it looks like you have a lot of great info to share. πŸ™‚

  51. Thanks for finding and following my writing blog. Hope you enjoy reading ‘Ignoring Gravity’! SD

  52. What a lovely blog!! I look forward to reading more!

  53. Well written! keep up your blogs because you never know who you are helping

  54. Thank you for sharing. Very inspiring.

  55. Thank you for adding Another Shade of Purple. I find your site absolutely heart warming. Thank you for being so brave and working to break the social stigma that is mental illness.

  56. Considering the incredible response you are getting to this blog, you must be doing something right.

  57. I have an acquaintance who is bipolar, I believe your blog is going to help me about understanding her better, as I am very keen on studying people with various disorders as I have one too. Will gladly sniff through all of your posts I think. Great job!
    PS. Thank you for following my blog. πŸ™‚

  58. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  59. Hello Kait,

    This is Bookish Jen from the Book Self Blog. Thanks so much for you website. I do some work with people who deal with bipolar disorder. I’m going to tell them about your blog and the work you do. Thanks so much!

  60. It’s wonderful what you are doing here, Kait. Respect and love to you x

  61. Well done for being so forthcoming about your situation! And we are coming to the Chicago area next year for a visit! Never been there!

  62. Thank you for your helpful, positive, inspiring writings you share. As you said in this post, embracing bipolar and owning it were the first major milestones to recovery from the disorder, for me as well. While I was in the middle of the storm of the onset and diagnosis of bipolar, there were so many things in shambles, as anyone with bipolar is familiar with. Recovery is reality, and if I had to do it all over again, I would. It has turned into both my greatest gift and greatest curse I’ve ever received. The curse is fading away into the past as years go by, and management becomes more second nature, instead of requiring confusing, exhausting effort.

    -theothersid3

    (Bipolar I; diagnosed properly for over 10 years. Two major mixed episodes featuring psychotic breaks in the past)

  63. Hey there! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award, please know that you are amazing and keep up the good work! πŸ™‚ Here are the rules: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/

    / Jessica, host of mewethem.wordpress.com

  64. Hi there, just wondering if anyone has heard of completely defeating Schizo-Affective Disorder? (the Bi-Polar/Schizophrenia combo). I have a friend who says he basically cured himself, and has no need for medication or therapy anymore…

    He did it with lifestyle changes, exercise, spending a lot of time outdoors, “re-wiring” his brain with meditation, and finding a healthy focus for his obsessive tendencies.

    Just wondering if this is some kind of anomaly?
    Thanks for any insight you can offer!

  65. I love this. So well put !!! Thank you for following me:) can’t wait I read more!

  66. Thank you for being here. I look forward to reading your blog and getting your feedback as well. I finally know I’m not alone…

  67. Thank you so much for following and having interest in my blog. For the last year or so, I myself have been nearing the diagnosis of bipolar (this time being the second). Just from briefly reading your blog thus far, I can definitely tell you’re a very open person and willing to put anything it takes on the line in order for others to better see your story. I find that tremendously generous and brave. Quite looking forward to reading what you have in store for us. And if you ever need anything, please don’t *ever* hesitate to ask. Anything. Infinite wishes, and hope to keep you reading. <3

  68. Kait,

    You are amazing! Writing, I find, is a great way for me to deal with my swings! I love your upbeat attitude and feel blessed that I found this your blog!! Keep up the great work you are an encouragement to many. Thank you!

    Renee <3

  69. Kait,

    First, thank you for following me. Your blog has already caught my attention and I am going to order your book right away. You are obviously such a compassionate person and I wish you the best in all of your ventures.

  70. Hi Kait. Thanks for following my blog and good luck in weathering the storm.

  71. Remember, it might look bad but there is always something worth fighting for. You have a great spirit. Good luck to you.

  72. Kait,
    I admire your positive attitude. You need to understand that as you get older (I am 56 and have been battling this disease since I was a child) it gets harder. You must keep your support system in place, however mood affected behavior can disrupt this with divorces, splits in friendships and familial rifts, work disruptions and firings and as happens to me over and over, medical and psychiatric staff moving out of the area (12). I think I’ve become a death knell for counsellors and psychiatrists who take me as a patient: YOU WILL BE MOVING AWAY!

    I hope you continue to stay positive and find an effective drug therapy and supportive (and stationary) medical staff as well as community and familial support. With any luck you’re not a rapid cycler, with a hex on you for doctors, and an inability to take lithium.
    And if you are, well, I know how you feel.

    • Kate,

      I think we are kindred spirits! I am 48 and know what you mean. I have now hired a group called ALLSUP to assist me with disability as I was denied the first time. I explained to them how each year I seem to get worse. My memory is now being affected. My last job lasting 3 years was 1 1/2 years ago. I tried to go back to work but made it 2 days. I was severely depressed for 3 weeks after. That was in September. I am a mess. My financial situation causes such stress that keeps me down on a daily basis. I am at wits end.

  73. I love your blog!

    I am so glad you are following me, because that led me to find you and your blog.

    I, too, suffer from Bipolar – and have my entire life.

    I look forward to reading through all your posts from start to finish.

    Xxoo
    Robyn

  74. Wow! Reading this makes me feel a bit ashamed of myself. Bipolar disorder is something you didn’t choose to have and yet you live with it without complaining or flying off the handle, so to speak. I’m a self harmer and I’m quite ashamed at the fact that I’ve not progressed when self harm is not pre determined.
    However, I do wish you luck, you seem to be doing great already though!

  75. Wow! Reading this makes me feel a bit ashamed of myself. Bipolar disorder is something you didn’t choose to have and yet you live with it without complaining or flying off the handle, so to speak. I’m a self harmer and I’m quite ashamed at the fact that I’ve not progressed when self harm is not pre determined.
    However, I do wish you luck, you seem to be doing great a
    lready though!

  76. Dear Kait,

    Thank you so much for the follow on my new blog. I do hope you find inspiration in the variety of content I present on my radio show. You are doing a wonderful thing here!! I look forward to supporting you in any way I can.

    Many Blessings,
    ~Charlotte.

  77. 5 years ago I found out I was bipolar, I have been hospitalized 3 times (the most traumatic moments of my life). I do feel that there still is a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness and that makes me very upset. There is so much suffering involved for the individual to begin with and the stigma only makes the suffering worst. I too am working on breaking the stigma.
    in the past 3 years I have not been hospitalized mostly because I stopped drinking alcohol which was a big part of why I kept getting sick.
    I am writing this comment because I hope that maybe it can help someone, I feel blessed that my illness has remained dormant for the past 3 years.
    What helped me was that I decided to put my health first made sure I took my meds everyday, got enough sleep, didn’t put myself under any stress, saw my psychiatrist regularly and called him if I ever felt “sick”. I also did a lot of art work (paintings etc) which was a great source of healing along with going to the gym 2-3 times a week. Eating healthy meals too (since most medications can cause significant weight gain).
    Last year around this time I lost a friend who took his own life, and I too have been close. It is so important for me to reach out to anyone who is suffering, this illness is deadly but there is hope & it can be managed.
    There is a way out of this.
    I wish you all an abundance of well being,health & faith. Thank you for your comments I really appreciate it.

  78. Support and communication are SO essential to dealing with any mental health struggle, and even for “normal” people. Isolation really is a slippery slope. Staying in touch with positive people helps you feel more positive and able to actively live your life. Thanks for sharing!

  79. Hi Kait! Thanks for following me. I love your blog! Very inspirational. We all have our issues to deal with but the battle makes us that much stronger. We have to as you put it keep “weathering the storm”. You’re such a strong person and I really admire that. Keep it up!

  80. Thanks for following. I have (undiagnosed) Asperger’s/ASD, and can relate to aspects of bipolar disorder. It is so refreshing to see someone neither hiding behind, nor denying their faults in relation to mental illness. The challenges will always be there, but can be overcome by being honest with oneself about capabilities and limitations, then focusing on coping/problem solving. I wish I had grasped these concepts when I was your age! Kudos.

  81. For me this is so important “I would also recommend caregivers to approach and check in on their bipolar loved ones every so often and ask questions such as (but not limited to) β€œHow are you feeling today?” β€œCan I help you with something?” or β€œLet’s talk about it.” Sometimes just being there and providing support for someone who is struggling can instantly change how they feel. The caregivers and the loved ones of a bipolar patient can make a great difference too. With every little bit of help, the journey to stability can become even more possible!”

    I haven’t be diagnosed with Bi Polar but I do have Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociation in some for or another nobody has explained to me as well as the modern maladies of anxiety and depression.

    Only weeks ago I was posting a LOT on my personal facebook page about asking the question and sincerely making sure you have the time to be there to really listen without judgement and keep asking if someone you know is in pain is not talking.
    I was subtly hinting I needed someone to ask me, to care. Everybody thought I was just putting info out there for education purposes and I did feel very alone, I felt my actions on social media further isolated me and I ended up leaving for a time and self harmed to get through it.

    Things are different now I have a program I’m in etc but it was touch and go there and I also urge people to notice that if we find the courage to reach out it may not be so direct.

    Great post, great insight, I’m glad I found your blog xo

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  83. Hi!

    I’m the writer of the blog you recently followed (juliusleonen.wordpress.com), so I decided to check out your blog, Weathering the Storm.

    I have to say, your blog really inspired me to become a better person or strive even better for the future despite economical, political, and social problems in my country.

    No, I don’t have bipolar disorders or any mental illnesses but seeing you show to your blog readers that even though you have illnesses like those and you struggle to fight back at it made a good impact to me. Even better, you inspired others like you. You made them feel that they are not alone in this world. You showed to them that despite the bad times you and others are experiencing, it is still possible to experience something good. You give them positive vibes during negative times. You ‘weather the storm.’

    Your blog just made me feel that I shouldn’t lose hope. You made me feel that I can struggle with the problems my country is facing. I am not alone, I can survive, and I can conquer it.

    We are all in the road of recovery and we will strive to walk through it.

    I wish for you a better future, and may God Bless You. Thank you.

  84. This is so beautiful, Kait. Your courage and inspiration warms my heart. πŸ™‚ I’ve included your link at my “Hope Harbor” page on my website – http://freedtofly.wordpress.com/hope-harbor/ . I’m so grateful you started following my site, so I could find out about yours. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  85. Amazing. What you’re doing here is extremely inspiring.

  86. There is no weathering the storm. I haven’t read any of the above statements. All I know is that I need to let my husband off the hook. He shouldn’t have to deal with someone so unstable. He is a good good man and he deserves so much better. So how do I let him off the hook?

  87. thanks for following me! your blog is truly inspiring. and i agree with you completely that we ALL need to come together and fight the stigma against mental illness. even though my panic disorder may differ from bipolar disorder i still sympathize and identify! we all face the same stigma,we are the only ones who know how we truly feel so its up to the victims to educate the ignorant on mental illness. good luck!! i look forward to reading your blog =)
    Nikki

  88. Thanks for the follow- looks like it has led me to a great place. I appreciate your perspective, and your desire to offer hope and inspire understanding- I’m on board with that! I look forward to reading more.

  89. Thank you very much for the follow, I plan to have a look around your blog when i get time, but i thought i would take a second to thank you.

    All the best
    OmegaDSX

  90. Thank you for the visit and follow. I have mental health issues, although not bipolar as far as I am aware but have had struggles for so many years with GPs and Specialists etc, Refreshing to read someone who talks about it so openly. Great site. xXx

  91. Thanks for checking out my blog!

  92. Thanks for the follow. What a mark you’re making — at your age. Cheerleading your way.

  93. Hey, guess what! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog πŸ™‚ Congratulations!
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  94. Great post! I suffer from anxiety and depression, and it’s nice to come across blogs like yours. And thanks for following my blog!

  95. This is a really interesting site. Even though it is depression and anxiety that run in my family, I am still interested in other mental health problems. I have just finished reading ‘Madness: a memoir’ by Kate Richards which gives a fascinating, first-hand account of severe Bipolar Disorder.

  96. One important thing to always remember, mental illness is a medical condition. We are not alone. There are way to many people who are affected by mental illness and are unaware they even have a problem.

  97. Thanks for following my blog! I hope you liked what you saw? I like what you have here! Cheers.

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  99. Hi, thank you for following my blog.
    I have bipolar disorder and it’s great to come online and realise that you’re not alone and there are other people going through the same struggles that you face. As much as people try to understand, unless you experience it yourself, it’s impossible to truly get.

    I was diagnosed when I was 15, and at that age it’s difficult to get people to take you seriously so it’s good to have communities like this were people listen and understand πŸ™‚

  100. Thank you everyone all for your lovely and encouraging comments. Thank you to those who also shared their stories with me as well. πŸ™‚

  101. Wow. Very well put, esp. The part about us all being different. I have had bipolar pretty badly since I was 18. I have fought against the stereotypes in my own life and my community, as well as in the literature written about bipolar that they give to your family etc. it is sooo cut and dried, ie: bipolar s will gamble, take risks, be violent, etc. I’m glad you give us all the ‘permission’ to experience our illness in our own way.
    Thank you, thanks for looking at my blog, too!
    Be well
    Confessdeny

  102. Hi, Kait, thanks for dropping by, that’s one of the reasons enjoy blogging you bump into wonderful people from all over the world. You have a very informative and well laid out site, you should be very proud of it. I tend to procrastinate too much traveling around the world on other people’s blogs instead of getting on with writing children’s stories which I love to do. I will pop back now and again when time permits as I’m sure you know yourself how much time is spent looking at other bloggers sites. I wish you well for the future. Baz x

  103. Thank you for visiting and following my blog posts. I appreciate your sharing your story and journey with us. Very inspiring! If you have a moment, check out my blog’s FB page: http://www.facebook.com/lifesjourneyblog

  104. Great website on mental disorders. I congratulate you on how far you have come on your journey. I can see how this would be inspiring for many people. Thanks for looking at my blog and following! I really appreciate it.

  105. Hi kait,

    Thanks a big bunch for being a Real Winner in your Life. I congratulate you for having found your inner strength and for sharing your story with so many readers. You have transformed and now you are bringing that gift to the others that is an amazing contribution according to me.

    I heartily appreciate you following my blog

    I have just changed the heading of my blog to “your brain can make some changes faster than you think”

    Kind Regards
    Puneet http://wecanthinkdifferently.wordpress.com

  106. An uncontaminated perspective is dormant in you. Untouched by illness, depression, time.

    Whenever you suffer, remember these words. Something is aware of the suffering. As long as you suffer, it is aware of the suffering. When the suffering stops, the awareness of it stops. You are bigger than that suffering. Much, much bigger. It doesn’t need to consume you.

    Seek this awareness, within yourself. Remind yourself somehow of what it was like to be a child. Without contamination. Without judgement. Pure sensory input and awareness. Correct decisions and actions stem from this awareness. Your instincts are correct. When you allow the ego to create a story around it, it becomes contaminated by the limitations of language and thought-time (ego) distortion.

  107. Hello Kait,

    I really hope you can continue to share your experience and wisdom so well. Please also use the power you have obtained to educate people that there are choices regarding treatment.

    Nutritional support should be a first choice of psychotropics just because of the safety of that approach. There is lots of information available about alternatives… of course, what I believe in is based on my own personal management of bipolar disorder with EmpowerplusQ96. Amazing how a researched blend of vitamins and minerals could replace medications and be safe, affordable and effective. So glad to say it is.

    For those who want more information review: http://debracares.ca or contact me for more information.

    Debra

  108. Hi Kait, thank you for sharing about your disease so openly. I truly think this will help others learn to cope with theirs. Thank you for following my blog. I had a sister that was bipolar and that committed suicide, so I know a little bit about it. I suffer from depression/anxiety so I do understand a little bit but nowhere to the degree of any of your posters since I do not actually have it. I feel for you all and hope that happiness comes to everyone.

  109. Thank you for following our blog – it’s really encouraging to see so many blogs talking about mental health issues, and seeing others talk about their struggles helps us (me and Lyra) to be brave. I will enjoy reading your posts, and hope you may gain some enjoyment from ours! X

  110. Hi Kait, Thanks for following my blog post! This is my first time writing/talking about my symptoms etc so openly. I finally got my husbands go ahead as long as I “hide” my real identity… I think he’s being sensitive and cautious about possible threats over Internet & possibly feeling embarrassed now that my symptoms have flared & he has no choice to accept them….? It’s nice to see that I get a few readers so quickly! It’s very encouraging!!

  111. Nice blog! I extend a heartfelt welcome to our newest friend following our blog.

  112. Fight. Every day. And heal. That’s all you can do! Thanks for this brave post. I love seeing and browsing all the comments! We are not alone!

  113. Hi Kait, I am curious to learn about this disorder. I find it fascinating. Thank you for following my blog. I’m taking baby steps with this blogging business, but I hope to learn from people like you who have been doing this for a long time. There are so many people who suffer from mental illness in my circle and in my society, but the stigma surrounding the illness has prevented many from coming forward and getting the help they need. I hope I can use my blog to de-stigmatize the illness in my country. Kudos on your courage in sharing. You are helping so many who have mental illness feel a sense of community. I’m sure that that in itself vs the isolation, is powerful therapy.

  114. Hi Kait! Thank you for following my blog. You have some really great insights on this page and I look forward to reading more.

  115. Hi Kait,

    Thank you not only for the follow, but for being brave enough to share your own personal journey with the world. Clearly, you have inspired a lot of people, and I look forward to seeing how you continue to win your battle with bi-polar in the future! πŸ™‚

    Best,
    Leslie

  116. Dear Kait,

    I wanted to write you this message to thank you for choosing to follow my life through my blog, it is my personal journey. I absolutely am inspired by your log, just reading everyone’s comments is so beautiful!

    Take care,
    Caterina x

  117. Thank you for following my blog new friend. Yours is a brilliant gift to the community & world. A lot of hard work I can see. ~ BB

  118. Thank you for this blessing of a post, and blog. Your substance within your words have seasoning and familiarity. Your courage and humility is medicinal. I look forward to following your blog. Peace, T Oh, and thank you for visiting Wilder Man On Rolling Creek

  119. So glad to meet you, thank you for the follow. As you might have guessed I too suffer from depression (have most of my life). It is a continuing battle and one that I continue to stay so many feet ahead of. Your site looks most informative and I look forward to coming back. Again, so glad to have met you…

  120. Nice to read about your testimony on how you overcame this disorder. It really brings hope to the few more out there who are still going thru same or similar conditions. While I never suffered from any such disorder, I won’t shy from saying I have had my fair share of mental disorder. Without going into so further details, I would just like to also testify that I could only overcome thru fight. It was the longest mental battle I had ever gone thru.

    There were days of dispair & admittedly even suicide across my mind but I held on to some certain scriptural Bible verses I had heard when I was at Sunday school as child. I hadn’t been in any church nor dinomination for years but those few verses were the light at the end of my tunnel.

    I’d never taken time to consider to share it in public online forums as such. Instead, I’ve been testifying about the connexions about our human consciousness is unconditionally connected to our physical being. Ever since after my recovery, I undertook to study about what had happened to me & why it was possible for me to overcome & other not?

    I just remember one thing that change the course of this entire event. I decided to give up on fear. I realised that dangers & obstacles are real but fear is a choice we make & that state of mind, can cripple us down to our graves. Though it’s almost impossible not to be afraid, I knew I had to face my demons in a do or die situation. Simply, I numb my fears & fought.

    I continue the fight today by sharing from what my experiences & others in likewise situation of any form of mental problems.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve said too much I guess but it’s because everything related to consciousness has become part & parcel of my conscious self.
    Simply Me,
    Stay tuned
    God bless

  121. Hi Kait, thanks for the follow. I also suffer from bipolar and it helps to know we’re not alone. Email me if you ever want to chat πŸ™‚ x23lisa@gmail.com x

  122. Thank you fit following my Pinnacle Leadership Coaching site! I do appreciate it. I have dated a woman who deals with bipolar disorder and am very familiar with the struggles that come with it. Those who struggle with this have my empathy.

  123. Love your blog , this one post makes it more bare able having a mental illness ,makes me have more will power to fight for me and anyone else πŸ™‚

  124. Thank you for following my blog. Your blog is inspiring and impressive. Congratulations on your book. Take Care ‘Phil’

  125. Thanks for stopping by. I love your insight to bipolar disorder. It is refreshing to see a different point of view on how to handle bipolar in daily life.

  126. Hello Kait, thanks for following my blog. Your on quite a journey…and Im very happy to see you have so many responses to your blog. Thats amazing in itself !! I look forward to reading more of your blog because Im a believer in being a support and struggle with a few “issues” of my own. Being insightful is a great gift and key towards inner healing of any struggles…. See you. xo… Ellie

  127. Hi Kait, as a clinical counselor, I have an understanding of bipolar disorder. But I find the details of your personal journey really insightful.

    Continue to move into your purpose; you have a great future.

    Thanks for following me.

  128. Robin Lennae Borawski

    I, too am bi-polar, diagnosed in 1997 ( I was over 30 years old and know now that I coped with it even in high school), but had it and coped with it on my own for many years. The medications both helped and hurt me in many different ways. I am now approaching 50 years old, and not taking any medication for it. I have found that biofeedback, meditation, and yoga have made my mind stronger. Yes, there are days I get very sad and worn out, maybe even overwhelmed, but I then realize that I tried to over do it and skipped doing the healthy things that keep me strong. As a side note, a healthy way of eating goes a long way.

    I love how you say “accept it,” but believe that “embracing it” is not the way to helping oneself. I agree wholeheartedly. I also find a way to function with chronic fatigue syndrome, which is probably due to fibromyalgia, restless legs syndrome, when I exercise too much or too little, and costochondritis. As with the the bi-polar disorder, I utilize the medication(s) & even vitamins and then ween myself off of them as I find healthier alternatives, usually some food component I was eating or not eating enough of.

    A positive attitude, or at least a lack of negativity has been the key element in my battle. I see that you seem to have a great attitude and it has carried you far. Thank you so much for being a bright light in peoples’ lives that so many are searching for and desperately need. I hope that along with your posts, that I may make a positive difference in someone’s life, too. Kudo’s for having the strength to carry on!

  129. What a great blog! Thank you for your visit and follow. I am looking forward to your next post.
    Silvie

  130. Kait, Thank you for following my blog, gailthorntonsworld.com I have sent you via email an invitation to you and anyone else to join our upbeat community for people with or who care about others with bipolar disorder. It is Chasing Butterflies on G+ Hope to see many of you there!

  131. Hi Kait,

    Thanks for the follow. It’s great you feel able to share your experience with others in this way and I wish you continued success with it.

    Take care.

  132. Wonderful post!!! Thank you for the follow!

  133. Thanks for liking my blog πŸ™‚ I thought you might like to know that, on iPhone, each of your posts has a ginormous yellow banner that runs right across the screen and shrinks your words to about half-sized! Hope that helps. X

  134. “We are also here to fight the stigma that is attached to mental illness…”

    That is a hard battle when people tend to flee once they know you to have a mental illness and don’t hang around to see that growth and change happen, and everything we see in the media supports the fear that causes them to do that.

    People don’t THINK when they see it and realize it is drama written to the scripts that you already know and believe. Even the nightly news is fiction feeding into your beliefs and enhanced to keep you viewing.

    None of it matters really … you are beautifully designed to grow and heal and if you live long enough you will outlive it all.

    The ones who matter will stay and will witness the beauty of what it means to be you and nothing else will matter anymore.

  135. Hey there, Kait!
    As I already told you on twitter, all my respect to you for fighting the stigma of psychic illnesses and giving hope to the world! And you’re so right about the importance of communication!
    Thank you very much for the follow and giving me the chance to get to know such a great person this way.
    By the way, do you know my friend Kendall F. Person? He wrote a post about fighting his bipolar disorder, maybe you want to check it out: http://thepublicblogger.com/2013/04/22/every-day-we-live-is-a-test-we-are-not-defeated-just-yet/
    Have a great day & may the force be with you,
    Chris

  136. Thanks for being my very first follower! Looking forward to reading and sharing your posts.

  137. Thank you for following and for sharing your fantastic blog with others.

  138. Funny how no one ever criticizes the giving bi-polar boyfriend when they buy their partner a new car or take them on a trip they can’t afford. Funny how that never happens.

  139. I have a theory that modern society causes mental illness. Personally, I think I would have been happier as a farmer (or a farm hand), but now we all live in concrete jungles, and I think they are slowly killing us all.

    • Robin Lennae Borawski

      Wow, I too, think that I should have gone with my first instinct of living on a farm! It was initially cheaper financially to live in the city. To bad, too, because in the long run, it costs a lot more not only financially, but emotionally as well…the jury is still out on if modern society actually causes it or just exacerbates mental illness, (among other things) to the 100 fold…

  140. this blog has great information related to depression .. reccomended reading depression treatment

  141. Thanks for following my blog, that’s what led me to your great blog. It’s quite something to read your post and then read all the comments it has generated. You are doing a very important service by opening the door to so much discussion. I have relatives who live with different diagnoses but similar realities. I’ll be back. I wanted to click the “follow” button but didn’t find it this time. I’m terrible at keeping up to emails so that’s not the option for me. Keep up the awesome work! πŸ™‚

  142. Thanks for following!! I am so glad that I found your page- it is a huge help as I am currently trying to maintain a full grasp on my state of mental health (something that I have been struggling with for a few years now, but I feel I am in a much better place then when I started!)

  143. good work.
    Keep inspiring!

  144. Oh my. thank you for sharing and I am barley starting to really be open with my own struggle. You seem to be doing well.You have gained a new follower. πŸ™‚

  145. When we are still, we feel the essence of each person that we meet and become connected with them. We are then compelled to do right action. Namaste.

  146. Dear Kait,
    Thank you for following my posts. As you can see from them, I am very sensitive to GAD, depression of all kinds, mental health issues, grief and loss and try to be empathetic. The stigma keeps people away from getting help and the insurance companies make it even harder for people to get the right meds. It is scary enough to be diagnosed but to suffer without the access, affordability and Medical Care parity that regular health care has always had creates further instability for doctors, patients, healing and creating understanding.

    You are doing a great job!

    • You’re very welcome. I am enjoying your posts so far and I totally agree with you about the stigma and understanding. I feel we can all make a difference if we speak out openly without fear and shame. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  147. I’m very new to this even though I’ve been coping with it since my early teens just silently. I finally have professional help including medication, but its hard because of the affairs I had during my mania. My husband is wonderful and I think its worse for those who live with us or are around us.

    • Though your are new to this, it shall get better soon. I was once new at this as well and it is difficult to get used to at first. As for mania, I can understand how you feel to some extent. My mania often causes me to say things bluntly without thinking first which can result in disaster sometimes. I agree that it must be quite frustrating to be on the other side of the illness too. Hang in there and thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

  148. Kait, thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet. It’s much appreciated. I see that you have something very special and very necessary going on over here, so I’m-a-gonna keep an eye out for updates going forward. Thanks for having me here. πŸ™‚

  149. Forgot to say thank you for following BOTH my blogs.

    Again, thank you.

    Rebecca

  150. Thanks for the follow. You are right. We are all different and respond to things differently, even medication. I have been pill-free and depression free for over twelve years now. I decided pills weren’t for me. I worked hard at exmaining what I was doing myself to contribute and exacerbate my depression. I, too, started blogging about a year ago to provide help and discouragement to others. Depression is certainly no fun as I’m sure Bi-polar is not either. God bless you and may you continue to do as wel as you are doing now.

    • You’re welcome and thanks for the lovely comment. I understand about the medication trial and error all too well. The side effects can make things worse sometimes depending on what the medicine is. I am in the same boat as you it seems. Depression is a big portion of what I’ve struggled with too. Feel free to email me anytime if you need to. I am glad you are blogging and look forward to see more of your fabulous work. You’re doing very well! πŸ™‚

  151. Excellently written Kait, hopefully this will help others. A huge issue iMO is the ability for people to talk about mental illness freely. There is still much to do, but with your example the road may be travelled. MM

  152. Thank You for visiting my blog – I hope it could help some. Of course that made me want to check yours out! I cannot imagine the pain of being Bipolar. And I totally agree with you – I do not see mental illnesses as a ‘blessing’ – and I never will. Keep on fighting day to day – I will keep following!

  153. Thanks for the follow Kait. I’m definitely going to check out your blog, it looks like an excellent source. =)

  154. Thank you for following my blog!
    The message you deliver here is so true. We must all ‘weather the storm’ and stay hopeful. Thanks for opening up this channel of support!

  155. I love your blog. I’ve survived being bi-polar for 56 years. I’m lousy with money. Thank god I have a good job. I’ve messed up people in my life who cared about me. I’m trying to in do the mess up I’ve committed by doing the right thing. You were lucky to be diagnosed at a young age. I was 36 when I was diagnosed. Keep up the great writing! I will follow your words.

    • Thank you. I happy you enjoy and feel moved by my blog. Hope all is going well for you now. Bipolar can be a beast, but it can also be tamed πŸ™‚

  156. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have been fighting since I was 15, and I appreciate your work toward awareness. I have found that the most practical insight comes from outside of the psych community. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

  157. Your words are beautiful and for a moment i actually believed that i may one day learn how to “live” life with bipolar and be a productive seemingly normal part of society,then reality hit all over again! I was diagnosed over twelve years ago and have yet to see any real progress in myself…i try everyday to take control and let it be the one day that bipolar doesnt run my entire life,but everyday i awaken to a huge letdown i refere to as life…i want so bad to be able to enjoy my life,my kids,my fiance,i love them like crazy but the ups and downs seem to be progressively getting worse…my doc. Insists that there are no more medication options,that weve exhausted all of them trying to find one that helps.as far as therepy,my psych. Moved out of state and supposedly there arent anymore around…i feel more desperate than ever to find some real help but unfortunately im not sure it exists here…the point of this wasnt to ramble on with a long sob story but to commend those of you who HAVE learned to LIVE with this disorder! I envy each of you! You all must be very strongwilled and capable people to be able to cope with this and for that i sincerly hope that you are proud not of the disorder but of yourselves for being able to “take back” your lives! I hope that one day ill be able to do the same! Thank you for your positive and uplifting words!

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  159. Hi Kait,

    Thanks very much for sharing. I actually added you to my list on twitter because I wanted to read your tweets. Thank goodness I did.

    I also send you a DM sometime ago, but did not get a response- I wanted to know if you had blog before etc.

    But that is okay. Interesting article
    Bye Karen from MEHEP

    Take Care

    • I’m so sorry that I didn’t respond. Was it a Twitter message? I sometimes forget I can receive private messages on there. If you’d like to send me an e-mail again, I’d be happy to reply. So sorry about that. Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

  160. Kait,

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I (obviously) took a look-see around yours and really like the vibe of your writing and your perspective. Having Bipolar disorder -is- a challenge to be sure, but it’s comforting to know that there are individuals who surf the same wave with grace and positivity. Good luck, and I’ll be sure to keep checking back!

    Michelle

  161. thank you, Kait. this is a very inspiring blog, and I will definitely keep scrolling around. keep up the fight.

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  163. Kait–THANKS for subscribing to my funny-caption photoblog, TheDailyGraff.com. I hope I can bring you a smile (or at least a groan) every weekday.

    I am bipolar as was my father before me. I appreciate your efforts to educate people about the illness.

    –John R.

  164. This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found
    something that helped me. Thanks!

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  166. I so love your positive attitude!! It took me five years to come all the way out of a depression after bipolar mania to get to a place where I can see the strength I have gained from bipolar. Now I can look at my illness with gratitude for all that it has taught me. Keep writing and inspiring others!

    • Thank you so much. I can understand and relate to experiencing years of depression. I pretty much lived with depression during my teen years and didn’t see much mania until I reached my 20’s. I am happy to hear you have found the strength gained from bipolar too. It’s a powerful and fulfilling feeling. A true accomplishment. Wishing you all the best! πŸ™‚

  167. We all have our crosses to bear and it sounds like you are fighting yours with style and grace. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog -Dave

    PS: Auto-correct tried to change follower to flower! I hate auto-correct.

  168. Great blog! Will be reading more of it πŸ™‚

  169. I’m Bipolar, A.D.H.D. and mildly O.C.D. as well as dyslexic – wow, what a challenge life has been for me. I’m very happy to discover your site and look forward to reading your posts. Many of my posts are generally from one pole or the other sprinkled with overwhelming emotions of passion yet tempered by my love for God. You can just imagine how the church feels about me – lol, πŸ™‚

  170. Thanks for following my blog. I don’t have enough time to read through your posts now, but I will in the future. I think that your perspectives will be particularly valuable for me and my husband, as he has bipolar disorder and it can sometimes be very challenging.

  171. Thanks for this. And thanks for writing about Bipolar period. I was not diagnosed until I was 62 years old. But when I told people, my sister’s reaction was, “That explains so many things!” At my age about all that’s left to do about it is try to have some fun. I know that sounds “crazy,” but it’s the way I feel. I love the conversations in my head. My manic self tries so hard to get a laugh out of of depressed self. It’s really fun to pay attention. So I’m just gonna be the old fart Bipolar and try to relax about it. The best to you and all of your readers.

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  174. Yeah, living with bipolar is tough, i found this article very helpful, you should read an article that i posted here too. http://goo.gl/IdjlS

  175. Just a quick comment to say HAPPY NEW YEAR. The more blogs/websites we have Bipolar, the more awareness we can spread and stamp out the stigma.

    Nice blog !!!!

  176. Brilliant blog! You’re going to help a lot of people by sharing so much. Keep it up! And Happy New Year to you!

  177. Hi,
    Let me say first that it is so refreshing to read an article where someone who has been afflicted with bipolar is saying there is a way to overcome it and move on with your life. You have done that and I congratulate you on that.
    Secondly, I love the tips you gave in this article because they not only apply to people with a bi polar sickness but to anyone who suffers from depression, weight problems, rejection, alcohol problems or any other kind of sickness.
    You really have done an outstanding job at putting together an article that is extremely helpful for those who would like to seek help but are afraid or for those who are in denial and need to face their problem so that they can get help.

    Ciao,
    Patricia

  178. Thank you for writing your blog. I hope you can connect with and help a lot of people. If you haven’t explored alternative therapies, things like Reiki and Energy Therapy can help a lot.

    • Thank you and you’re welcome. I am hoping I can help people as well. I will definitely have to look into Reiki and Energy therapy. I have never heard of it before πŸ™‚

  179. There’s comfort in knowing there are more of “us” out there fighting the good fight…

  180. You ave a great attitude. Nice writing. Thanks πŸ™‚

  181. What a very nice read. I can’t help but be a little envious of the early diagnosis though. Now in my 50’s, I still have spent most of my life un-diagnosed and un-treated. And even with almost 20 years now of carrying the Bipolar tag, I only in the past year have really accepted the diagnosis and “come out of the closet”.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a “like”. I look forward to reading more from you. Here’s to “staying between the lines”…..

    • Thanks so much and you’re welcome. Though I was diagnosed early, it was still quite difficult to manage and understand as a young child and teen. I’m very happy that you have chosen to open up about your diagnosis. I applaud you on that because it’s not easy at first. I wish you all the best and stay well. Thanks again πŸ™‚

  182. It’s great that you have decided to be an advocate for the mentally ill. It also took me a long time to accept myself as a person that is mentally ill.

    I lost much of myself due to bipolar disorder. I use to wallow in my miseries focusing on all that bipolar took from me. I read somewhere a statement that changed me for the better.

    It said “Try not to focus on the strengths you once had before bipolar disorder instead focus on the strengths you have now.

    • That is wonderful how you view what you’ve overcome and your strengths. That is very positive and a great skill to have. It is always difficult in the beginning, but it seems like you’re definitely getting the hang of it πŸ™‚

  183. I was not diagnosed as a Bipolar I until I was 32, and completely melted down. We are talking a nuclear melt down. I had been severely depressed as a teen, but although my parents sought help for me, it wasn’t until I sought help for myself that I took a real interest in getting better. Maybe it is because I was paying the co-pays, I don’t know…. but over the first year of therapy, I was diagnosed as Unipolarly depressed, then came Bipolar II, then I had a real manic episode, and I became a Bipolar type I. Yipee! But, honestly, at least I knew what was wrong so I could begin to treat it. I went into the hospital for the first of several times, and came out with 7 prescriptions!! Why did I need so much medication? But as I gradually accepted the diagnosis, and the changes in my life and those around me, I began to realize that there is a huge need for people who are mentally ill to stand up and demand equal treatment as those who are physically ill. I refuse to be classified as mentally ill. I much prefer mentally interesting. But, I really hate the stigma involved with mental illness in our society, so I started my blog for the same reasons: to examine my own feelings, to try to see this disorder from another’s point of view, and to educate people about mental illness and recovery/management.

    Anyway, I wrote a book. Thank you for following my blog. I hope you continue to find it interesting and helpful. That is my goal. Helping people understand that people with mental health issues are not the scary monsters that the stereotype promotes.

    • You’re welcome and thank you for sharing your story and for commenting. I am truly glad you chose to seek help. That is very brave and a great step forward. Eventually, I hope that others won’t see mental health issues as a terrible thing. I always viewed stereotyping as negative, but never mental illness. Sometimes it’s just easier to assume and label everything because it does take work and an open mind to understand something such as mental illness.

      I’ll definitely have to check out your book soon. Thanks for letting me know about it πŸ™‚

      • I think people put things in boxes/categories in order to understand the world around them. That way they really do not have to think and stereotyping becomes easier to do.

  184. Brave blogging. Thanks for dropping by my site. Pendryw.

  185. Excellent blog. My best friend was bipolar and a very wise young lady whom I love dearly and who will soon be my daughter is also bipolar. It would be nice to think people can learn to understand some day πŸ™‚

  186. Thank you for following, I am so glad to have found your blog. It feels really good to hear from someone experiencing similar things to me and also to read something which explains Bipolar and the variability within Bipolar so well. Looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚ x

  187. Thanks for the follow! I’m really enjoying your blog!

  188. The ‘her’ should have read ‘he’ – that’s what comes of being a writer: typos galore!

  189. Thanks for following my blog, Katie! A friend of mine once described his bipolar as “an accidental clash of neurons – a bit like having an IQ of 200, but with slightly less benefits”! Her copes well, as I think you are doing πŸ™‚

    • I really like your friend’s description of the experience of having Bipolar. I call it the Rabbit Hole, and I am Alice.

    • You’re welcome and I like the way your friend describes bipolar as well. That is really neat! I’m glad to hear she is doing well. πŸ™‚

  190. Kait, this is a such a great site, so inspiring and so informative. I can’t wait to follow your your posts. Thanks for finding and following Familiar Minds.

  191. Thank you for liking my post, it brought me here and I like what you have written.

  192. Lucky you to be diagnosed so early in life! What a blessing! I identify with all you say. Especially your comment regarding agreeing to finally fight it. I learned the hard lesson after a lengthy hospitalization and refusing medication that it was best to accept my illness. Ironically, of course, i was too ill at the time to realize it. Such is the way of bipolar. Hard for folks to understand. Thanks for sharing.

  193. thank you for visiting my site and following! i am so very sorry you have had to fight this battle, but it sure seems like you are doing a lot of good in the fight. i admire that.

  194. I love your blog! After reading it, I felt inspired to start my own just to help me cope with my own stresses of life.

    • Thanks! I’m humbled to hear that I’ve inspired you. Blogging is a great outlet and can be quite enjoyable. Best of luck to you! πŸ™‚

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  196. Great read, it is so important for people to understand that Bipolar is not a homogenous illness, people experience it differently. Sometimes it is manageable and sometimes it isn’t, ditto for responses to medications. If you are like me one medication can stop working after 10 reasonable years of no full blown mania and intermittent depression, once my body stopped responding to that med all hell broke loose. I also agree with you about acceptance, although it is not always easy… the bipolar “tag” isn’t an easy one to carry for one’s self or one’s loved ones. Acceptance like so many things with mental illness is part of a continuum of learning and growth. Thanks again for you sensitivity and insight, Stay Well!!!

    • Thanks so much and you’re welcome. I can relate to how the medications can stop working effectively at times. It can be just awful when treatments aren’t responsive. I used to always wait for a “miracle pill,” but I discovered that recovery is up to me and not to be fully reliant on medications. It’s quite difficult at first. Hope all is well and thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

  197. Thanks for the follow! I skimmed through your blog and I can’t wait to read it more in depth. Great job!

  198. I love your positivity!

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  200. Diagnosed at the age of 12? How I envy you. No wonder you seem to have your self together so well.

    • Thanks :). I think there are benefits to being diagnosed early, but it has still been an endless struggle. I guess it all depends on a person’s outlook too. I have found that trying to remain positive is very helpful. πŸ™‚

      • Kait. Thanks for following my blog! Your site looks interesting so when I get a chance I’ll read more.

        I am glad you got diagnosed early. Actually my understanding that many doctors don’t even believe in childhood bipolar. I have no idea why. I have had very few manias fortunately. But I first became depressed at fourteen. At sixteen I felt suicidal. I went into therapy but no one even considered that I might have a mental illness. My parents would have been dead set against using meds anyway. Fortunately though people are becoming more enlightened about this condition now.

        I will look more on your blog later.

        Take care.

        • Hi Mary! Thanks for the comment. I have also noticed how childhood bipolar seems to be dismissed. I had very similar feelings at the ages of 14 and 16 too. I’m sorry they didn’t diagnose it earlier, but I’m so glad that you seem to be doing much better today. Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  201. you sound like you are coping very well with your illness. you talk very precisely and demonstrate understanding of many of the key areas. the key word that you have used on this page is FIGHT. i have always seen this as a fight and i myself feel like i have covered much ground by fighting and i intend to help others in their fight. I think this is an illness to fight, not an illness to embrace. I am appalled every time i read bipolar bloggers talking about how they are happy that they are bipolar and that they are proud and just want others to accept them for how they are. I feel this is wrong because these feelings are not constant feelings, and at other times these people will be wishing that they were dead and that they didn’t have bipolar at all. since i think we can agree that this is an illness and not a blessing in fact, and that it causes much more suffering that it does enjoyment, then we should talk about fighting it. Moreover, i think that as soon as you agree with yourself that you want to fight it, and that it’s not a good thing in any way, then you are on the road to recovery. The illness itself feeds directly on the sufferer buying into a number of lies involving being ‘special’ or ‘powerful’ or ‘a god’ or whatever, and these are entirely false, and a big pile of nonsense. but while the sufferer is clinging onto the idea that these things are true, or maybe slightly true, or could mean something else, then they are in the grip of this nasty seductive and deceitful illness. Keep up the fight and have a read of my blog as i develop it…. cheers

    • Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts and totally agree with what you had to say. Well said!! πŸ™‚

      • I think that you’re doing a great thing by talking about this disorder. It affects so many people and I don’t think that people realize how difficult it is to live with. While I don’t suffer from this disorder I do suffer from mental illness as well. I think that it’s important to get the word out on how these type of disorders truly impact the lives of those that deal with them.

        Kudos to you for being strong enough to get the information out there and I look forward to future posts!

        Lynn Marie

        http://www.strangewtfmoments.com

    • Definitely agree. Never understood why people tried to “embrace” bipolar disorder. I have never seen it as a possibility, as -like you said- emotions are never stable/constant. I have honestly been struggling with accepting this disorder for over 9 years (when I was originally diagnosed). Just recently I have realized that it is in fact still very apparent in my every day life as it was 9 years ago and it is not something I can change but I must deal with it if I want to survive my life. So glad to know there are others out there dealing with this!!! (I never realized how many people have it, as I’ve been in denial for this long.)

    • Thanks for following my blog. I don’t have enough time to read through your posts now, but I will in the future. I think that your perspectives will be particularly valuable for me and my husband, as he has bipolar disorder and it can sometimes be very challenging.

    • We all experience life differently: and the disorder differently. As such,

      ” I think this is an illness to fight, not an illness to embrace. I am appalled every time i read bipolar bloggers talking about how they are happy that they are bipolar and that they are proud and just want others to accept them for how they are.”

      Yes, it’s a daily struggle, sometimes an hourly one. Guess what, some people’s route to recovery is embracing it. Everyone experiences Bipolar differently. The fact that i’m hedging on disagreeing with you is evident of that! That is to say, some people find resolution through accepting the fact that they ARE Bipolar. Otherwise you live in denial, much of a juxtaposition of what you just said. You end up spending years chasing after your demons whereas having accepted it, you could allow yourself to move on ” So this is where i’m at. What am – I – going to do with it?” You have to empower yourself, challenge yourself, and then give yourself credit for what you do.

      “I feel this is wrong because these feelings are not constant feelings, and at other times these people will be wishing that they were dead and that they didn’t have bipolar at all. since i think we can agree that this is an illness and not a blessing in fact, and that it causes much more suffering that it does enjoyment, then we should talk about fighting it.”

      Except, again, some people don’t respond to consistent therapy or normal routes of medication. I know I’ve gone through about sixty different medications and about eight years of different diagnoses and various inpatient/outpatient programs with no clearer direction of how to go. Everyone has to confront their issues differently. For me, my issues are manifold. I’m not just Bipolar, I have a host of other medical problems. In fact, i’m on a sub-therapeutic dose of my medications, and none of them are the mood stabilizer. ( Lithium did absolutely nothing for me. Paradoxically, a sub therapeutic dose of a Benzodiazopene has. )

      “Moreover, i think that as soon as you agree with yourself that you want to fight it, and that it’s not a good thing in any way, then you are on the road to recovery.”

      Honestly, I think it is a good thing – for me at least. It has taught me one thing that no one else or anything else could. Empathy. Suffering is a very wise teacher. I’m a completely different person now than I was when I had my first fall-apart. I am a better person. Not financially, not socially, but a better human being.

      “The illness itself feeds directly on the sufferer buying into a number of lies involving being β€˜special’ or β€˜powerful’ or β€˜a god’ or whatever, and these are entirely false, and a big pile of nonsense. but while the sufferer is clinging onto the idea that these things are true, or maybe slightly true, or could mean something else, then they are in the grip of this nasty seductive and deceitful illness.”

      That is where you learn to identify mania as being distinct from being healthy. In my case its made difficult by my other medical issues. Really, once you separate Manic/Healthy/Depressed you’re a step closer to your own solution. You admit: ” Yes, this is clearly mania” you contact your doctor and discuss modulation of medications and doses again.

      Ironically, a lot of people who have psychiatric illnesses are exceptionally creative, many are brilliant. Sometimes you use the current to your advantage rather than run against it. That is what has taken me to overcome each day.

      “Keep up the fight”

      Dauntlessly and always.

      • I agree with you 100% Acceptance is a big key. It is no different from what the twelve steps teach. You have to admit that you are powerless over your disease and need help. Paradoxically this leads to being MORE empowered.

        You are also right about how we have to know our symptoms and how they are treated, so as to head off disaster at the pass. Plus the doctors aren’t always right. I had an idiot doctor argue about my symptoms. I couldn’t possibly have the symptoms because according to him, they aren’t in the textbook. He was talking about rapid-cycling. Well he was wrong, not only are they in the textbook but I easily looked up the info on WebMD! I also had another doctor tell me that I was right. But even if I was wrong about that, there are always going to be atypical symptoms for some people and their responses to meds can be completely different, just like Kait pointed out. I am a person who gets mostly depressed and only gets hypomania. However when I ran out of my anti-depressent you would have thought that I would have gotten depressed. Wrong! I was actually on a abnormal high (feeling euphoric and thinking that I should write Dr. Phil and tell him how enlightened I had become) for three weeks and then later I went into rapid cycling mode, up one minute, down the next. I had a couple of doctors tell me that this couldn’t happen, however later on I accidentally came across a a research paper online saying yes, going off of an anti-depressant CAN trigger manis in some people.

        So we should always listen to our bodies.

        I also agree that having dealt with this for so long that I have become a more compassionate person. It depends what you do with it. It can either destroy you or make you into a better person.

        • Haha ha ha after reading your post I have been laughing holding my belly bcoz I found a partner who thought same as I did those bloody wrong idiot doctors who were trying to treat enlightened people who are going to enlighten the world πŸ˜‰

          Jokes apart I now understand what have I been going through and I get a sigh of relief understanding that I am not the only GOD but there are many more in other words this is not uncommon I hope we soon find a solution to this.

          Forgive me for the jokes anyhow I included myself in those. God Bless I hope you get well soon.

    • Hello πŸ™‚

      It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I am not alone with my struggle in managing my bipolar type 2 “illness!” I was diagnosed last year, and it came as a shocker but now I am not accepting and owning it. I am on a journey to understand what it means to be bipolar, what are the gifts that are bestowed upon us who are inflicted, and how can we cope so that we can have a fulfilling life?

    • To Scott

      Yes you are right about fighting bi-polar disorder. However, there is no recovery. I am 48 years old and was diagnosed with bi-p0lar disorder in my mid-twenties. It’s a constant battle up hill! This disorder never goes away, one has to learn how to cope with this life forever.

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