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…

Maintaining Friendships and Relationships With Bipolar Disorder

Friendships play an important role in a person’s life. It is crucial for humans to have friends as it is extremely beneficial to their overall health and well-being. Friends are definitely a necessity. They are an extension of ourselves, like family. They are there to encourage us, love us, accept … Continue reading…

The Science of Mental Illness (Infographic)

I recently received an e-mail with this awesome infographic regarding the science of mental illness and I thought it was appropriate to share as well as a great visual. Thank you to Cara Delany for the kind suggestion! Continue reading…

Mental Illness Affects People Individually

Those who live with mental illness are not all the same. They are not to be lumped into one group or meant to be labeled. They all have characteristics and diagnoses that are alike, but they don’t exhibit the characteristics in the same ways as another person might. They are … Continue reading…

Succeeding In School With Bipolar Disorder

Stress is one of the major triggers of a bipolar episode and unfortunately school can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming for those who have mood disorders. Junior high and high school were by far the roughest years of my life. I began taking my first mood stabilizer, lithium, at twelve … Continue reading…

Reasons Why Mental Illness Still Has A Stigma

1.  Not a lot of people are open to talking about it. It can be very difficult to open up about an issue that is constantly made out to be a bad thing. Who would want to be open and honest about having a problem that will only result in being … Continue reading…