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

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

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

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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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Intelligence and Bipolar: What are we talking about?

By on December 3, 2016

It’s time to address the idea that people with bipolar can be and are intelligent. Actually, I take that back — it’s time to address the idea that we’re not actually talking about intelligence. There’s often this question of how well people with bipolar function in life and what…

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Personal

Quietly Psychotic

By on December 2, 2016

I was fourteen years old and alone in my bedroom. The walls had been painted indigo by my request, and a large black rug accompanied the ambience I wanted. There was a large window in my room with a nice view of the backyard — yellowing¬†grass, a tree with…

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Psychiatrists Are Not Your Enemy

By on November 30, 2016

Medications, side effects, and a plethora of negative feelings (pick your flavour)… these are the things that have been associated with psychiatry. Only a quick perusal of the internet will tell you how people feel about psychiatry, and their experiences with particularly — how should I say this? —¬†dislikeable…

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Finding Self-Esteem in the Manic Self

By on November 25, 2016

Self-esteem and the “self” are both very messy concepts in that they can be hard to define theoretically and vary immensely from person to person. One idea I want to suggest in this article is how experiences in mania can be extracted into everyday life to help build confidence…

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