Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects millions of people. It’s a complex disorder that can impact an individual’s quality of life. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 16, I was terrified of what my diagnosis meant for my future. Would I succumb to this illness and listen to my suicidal […]Read More 11 Tips for Living Well With Bipolar Disorder
The first time I engaged in self-harm, I was 11. I was severely bullied at school and lived in a toxic and dysfunctional household. I don’t remember how I learned about self-injurious behavior, I just remember deciding to cut myself. I did it once. Then twice. Then again and again. Every time I felt depressed […]Read More Why Do People Self-Harm?
Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was misdiagnosed with major depression. It’s extremely common for individuals with bipolar to be misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder. Prior to receiving the correct diagnosis, there were numerous signs I had bipolar disorder that multiple therapists and psychiatrists missed. I’ve spoken before about how both my mom […]Read More Warning Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder has robbed me of so much. While the mood disorder is characterized by extreme ups and downs or highs and lows, there are various emotions intertwined within these highs and lows. Every time I try to explain to someone what it’s like to live with this disorder, I feel myself getting choked up. […]Read More 12 Things I Want Others to Know About Bipolar Disorder
During my last relationship, I wasted no time telling my new partner that I have bipolar disorder. I went into great detail during our first date about what my diagnosis meant. To some, disclosing that you have a mental illness on a first date is too soon. However, for me, the timing felt right. That […]Read More 6 Tips for Dating With Bipolar Disorder