Academic

“I’m bipolar” or “I have bipolar”: Word Meaning and Verbal Sense

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Supportive

Why It’s So Hard Loving Someone Who Has a Mental Illness

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Personal

The Ghost of Self-Harm: A Tale of Psychotic Depression

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Personal

The Allure of Self-Harm

By on January 19, 2017

She is beauty, she is grace, she is… longing for self-harm again? Trigger warning for self-harm method descriptions.

Self-harm is a much more complex topic than we think. It’s not just cutting or other direct tissue harm; it’s binge drinking, unsafe sex, reckless driving, stopping medication… it’s intentionally hurting oneself, and…


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Academic

Contextualizing Mental Illness and Recovery

By on January 17, 2017

Defining recovery has been a hot topic in my life lately. So what is recovery? There will be few answers in this post, but certainly lots of food for thought. I hope to provide a meaningful context in which to think about recovery. By no means will I suggest…


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Personal

Timeless Reveries of the Me Trapped in Mental Illness

By on January 7, 2017

Amidst holiday frustrations, something wonderful happened to me: I forgot I was mentally ill. Let me deconstruct that sentence. And please note, as always, this is not meant to generalize to anyone and this is my personal journey.

For those who participate in holiday events in December, it’s well known that…


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News/Media

Redefining Bipolar 2016 Reflection, Gratitude, and Next Steps

By on December 6, 2016

Redefining Bipolar (RB) started, as an idea, in 2014. Not many people know this, but I started anonymously blogging (on a now deleted wordpress blog); it was there that I received the initial comments of how my story was helping people. So I decided to go public and I’ve…


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Personal

My Version of D-Day is Diagnosis Day

By on December 5, 2016

What is known as D-Day in World War II history seems pretty accurate to how my mental illness D-Day happened. My war with depression, self-harm, psychosis, hypo/mania (all terms I hadn’t really thought about) was about to have a historic moment. I had been planning to see a doctor…

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