My Bipolar Christmas List

Given the season, I created a list here of what I want, things that certainly cannot fit in Santa’s sack.

bphope.com Vlogging

I am very excited that my 2 bipolar disorder videos are online on bphope.com! The first video is on how to deal with excessive empathy and the second one is on the impact of bipolar disorder on one’s physical health.   Please check them out and let me know what you think!   If you…

Mania: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream

Jay Griffiths asks if bipolar is really an illness (as does anyone who’s got it). Illness is a condition that impairs normal functioning. “But in the foothills of mania, normal functioning is enhanced,” she writes. -Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful   Recently, I met an older woman who is in the depths…

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

From my experience and what I’ve heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I’ve listed 3, but there are certainly many more!     One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way.   Last summer,…

Manic Scribbles & Wearing Purple

Below are some manic notes I made. Btw, purple scrubs are what the inpatient psych patients were told to change into upon admittance into the hospital/psych ER.     Color: PURPLE Patient: I was wondering what purple stood for… I think it means we are “crazy.”     What does it mean to be the…

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

Today, I feel normal… so normal that I might just cry. To someone who has no personal ties to a mood disorder, this statement may seem odd, even bizarre. Why would someone be so emotional about feeling just “okay”?   Thank you Charlotte Underwood so much for letting me write a guest blog post for…

You are my SUNSHINE [Blogger Award]!

  I got nominated by mental health blogger Fiona (@likeas_thewaves) for my first ever blog award! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much for this award! It is an honor!   So, if you are a member of the blogging community, you may have heard of the Sunshine Blogger Award. If not, basically it is:   The…

Collab: M3 TentTalk’s “Starfish Stories”

A few weeks ago, M3 TentTalk contacted me regarding a guest post opportunity for their new Starfish Stories series. The theme of the “Starfish Stories” posts is “we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”… so illustrate either how I have helped someone or how someone has helped me. Using that theme as my…

Oh Baby…

During college, at an organization’s meeting during which I was doing a presentation on “bipolar disorder,” I asked the listeners a series of questions at the end. Some of the students in the room were already aware that I had a bipolar diagnosis myself, but others were not. I knew that if I disclosed my…