Is Bipolar The New Black?

I wrote this a few years ago as my first blog post for International Bipolar Foundation. They have updated their servers, so only a few of my more recent ones remained, but, I did want to give credit to the original posting of this. Gosh I hope not. In the last few years, the headlines in newspapers and magazines have been flooded with reports of celebrities having bipolar disorder, criminals having bipolar disorder, even headlines… Continue Reading

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The Adult Bipolar Child: A Parent’s Story

Some time ago, I received a question from a parent who was connected to their adult child, who has bipolar, through social media. After seeing some unpleasant posts and their consequences, they were looking for advice on how to handle things since their child is an adult. After reviewing that question and thinking for a few minutes, I realized that I probably wasn’t the best to answer that question entirely, but I knew someone who… Continue Reading

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“The Pros of Prozac: A Faith-Based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma” Book Review….by Guest Poster Mack Kreps!!!!

“The Pros of Prozac: A Faith-Based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma” by Beca Mark and review by Mack Kreps It is amazing that I actually have the opportunity to do my first book review on a mental health related book. When I was first presented the opportunity to review the book I was very excited as mental health is a subject that is very important to me. The book is called the “Pro’s of Prozac:… Continue Reading

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GUEST POST: On Living With A Mood Disorder

Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m not a serial killer. I’ve never been a character on Criminal Minds. All I really am is just a girl with a mood disorder. My 2003 diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety/Panic Disorder and OCD explained so much to me about my life. But it left me with even more questions. My friends read Fifty Shades of Grey. I read The Bell Jar. Is everyone else light and only… Continue Reading

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Stigma. I did a little research study.

Stigma. One very important issue we, as a community, try to battle.  It’s the negative assumptions associated with bipolar and those who have been diagnosed with the illness.   I personally have experienced instances where certain assumptions were made about me once I revealed I had bipolar.  I became viewed as a liability.  But then there are the stigmas we see being promoted in the media.  Not too long ago we witnessed a huge media blow up… Continue Reading

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Pregnancy and Bipolar – To Be or Not To Be?!

To Be or Not To Be……THAT is the Question….. This year, I had several friends celebrating Mother’s Day for the very first time with their newborns.  I was so happy and excited for them; starting a family and moving into the next phase of their life.  However, I couldn’t help but be a little sad because I am not at that point in my life yet.  Having children is something that I do want to… Continue Reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Fall Girl by Marybeth Smith

Fall Girl is a fantastic fictional piece written for teens that includes an accurate depiction of a high school girl and her teenage angst while her her bipolar brother reeks havoc on her life. Not only was this wonderfully written, but the book was not an account of a bipolar teen and their life, but instead, how siblings of a bipolar teen can be affected.  Though fictional, Blake’s character holds true to a teen with… Continue Reading

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