Storytelling will Save the World… Yes, Even Yours

Written by: Josh Rivedal Captain’s log, Stardate January 2011. Where unfortunately many have gone before. I’m twenty-six years old and thinking about dying… actually I’m not being entirely truthful. I’m dangling halfway out the fourth floor window of my bedroom in New York City. I don’t really want to die. … Continue reading…

A Tribute To Patty Duke

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Patty Duke recently… She was an incredible woman, actress, and was an inspiration to many – especially those within the mental health community. As many know, Patty Duke broke a Hollywood taboo by becoming one of the first celebrities to … Continue reading…

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Dating Someone Who Has A Mental Illness

After writing a blog post on some of the difficulties of being in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness, I thought I should clarify and write about why a person shouldn’t fear pursuing a relationship with someone who is mentally ill. The term “mentally ill” or “disorder” … Continue reading…

Things I Hate About Living With Bipolar Disorder

  As many know, bipolar disorder is a complicated and frustrating illness. There are many things that I personally dislike about living with bipolar disorder. It can control or consume me at times. It sometimes feels as if I am trapped by this illness. It can distort my thinking, destroy … Continue reading…

The Endless Cycle of Bipolar Disorder

  I recall noticing a bit of the bipolar cycle first occurring early in my childhood years: I was a sweet, sensitive, young girl who had a few best friends. I spent many hours of my childhood days playing along to my imagination. Nothing could be more entertaining or fulfilling … Continue reading…

There Is No Shame In Living With A Mental Illness

It isn’t easy to disclose to others that you live with an illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar etc. People can often be judgmental, cruel, will assume things, and even try to talk me out of sharing or blogging about it. I understand that it’s “personal” information, but I feel … Continue reading…

From Rock Bottom To College Graduate

It seems like just yesterday I was fighting my parents over going to school. My attendance during high school was far less than satisfactory. Everyday became a war. A war to get out of bed, to function, and to participate in life. I felt like throwing in the towel more … Continue reading…

What Can Trigger a Bipolar Episode?

Many factors can trigger an episode in those who live with bipolar disorder. Some triggers are even unidentifiable, meaning that there isn’t a known cause whatsoever. From personal experience, I don’t always know why I am feeling a certain way. Some days I just wake up and feel lousy without … Continue reading…

Coping With S.A.D. and Seasonal Depression (Infographic)

Thank you to Madison Tetzlaff for this lovely infographic and suggestion! Seasonal depression affects many worldwide is something that can definitely take a toll on those who live with bipolar disorder. Source: Online-Psychology-Degree.com   Continue reading…