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

Friendship Frustration – International Bipolar Foundation post

Recently, I took a huge nose dive in the roller coaster I like to call, My Illness. I thought I had everything under control, but by “under control” I really meant “hidden under the surface festering and stockpiling for the perfect moment to burst and destroy.” Boy did it destroy. I found myself out of work under the Family Medical Leave Act and facing the end of my marriage. I was stuck in the depression… Continue Reading

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

Let’s Stop This Charade

I write a lot about Hollywood.  Why?  Well, I think it’s because I  love t.v. shows and movies, or maybe because I have friends and relatives living in L.A. and work in the entertainment industry.  Or maybe it started because as a baby, I was exposed to movie projectors and movie theaters because my dad was a projectionist (before the days that all of that stuff was automated).  I would sit up in the projectioner’s… Continue Reading

Stormy Waters – January 2012 IBPF Post

How do you deal when you go from being so completely stable and feeling better than you have in years, to hitting rock bottom with your whole world crumbling around you, walking in the door to work and handing them the note from your doctor instructing them to put you on leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) effective immediately?  You haven’t been like this since you were first diagnosed five years ago and… Continue Reading

A Day At The Office

[This blog was originally written and published in August 2011 for the International Bipolar Foundation.  It was then used and published in the book Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder that was published by them in early 2012.  The link to the original post and the link for obtaining a free copy of the book will be posted at the bottom of this post.] A Day At The Office I’m racing out the door with my… Continue Reading

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