I went through a month-long depressive episode this past October. At the beginning of the month, my mood plummeted and stayed like that for the duration of October. The depression seemed to creep up unexpectedly, swallowing me into its dark hole. While I was in the midst of the depressive episode, I reconnected with an […]Read More How to Get Out of a Depressive Episode
The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time. Many people enjoy various aspects of the holiday season such as decorating, gift-giving, gathering with loved ones, and celebrating. However, for those of us living with a mental health condition like bipolar disorder, the holiday season can exacerbate our symptoms. Managing bipolar disorder during the holidays […]Read More Managing Bipolar Disorder During the Holidays
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