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…

How to Manage Bipolar Symptoms

By Minnie Daniel Bipolar disorder is a serious brain disorder that causes one to experience changes in energy, activity levels, mood and the capability to perform daily tasks effectively. The symptoms of this disorder are severe and can result to poor performance in school or at the work place, inability… 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 demanding illness. There are many things that I personally dislike about living with bipolar disorder and I’m sure others may agree: It can control or consume me at times. It sometimes feels as if I am trapped by this illness.… 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…

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…

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…

The Time Is Now To Talk About Mental Health

I live with bipolar disorder. Some seem shocked or are in disbelief when they find out that I actually live with this condition. I don’t “act” or seem bipolar to them because I don’t portray how society views this illness, nor do I appear any different from them. That is… 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…

Make Sure Your Diagnosis is Correct: Other Illnesses Can Mimic the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

As some may have already realized, there are some illnesses, diseases, and disorders that seem to present similar symptoms to bipolar disorder. It is crucial to know whether your diagnosis is the correct one. Bipolar disorder is already a difficult illness to diagnose as there currently isn’t a definite medical test… Continue reading…