Academic

“I’m Bipolar” or “I have Bipolar”?

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Supportive

Finding Self-Esteem in the Manic Self

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Personal

Embracing Bipolar Emotions

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Academic

How Knowing about Knowing Can Empower People with Bipolar

By on April 8, 2017

Research doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to the study of bipolar disorder — at least in terms of destigmatizing a heavily stigmatized condition. For the most part, research in psychiatry and clinical psychology has been based on the biomedical model. My main criticism of this…


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News/Media

Upcoming Events, World Bipolar Day, and Apologies

By on March 27, 2017

First, I want to start off with this: This morning I was wondering, “I’ve had my contact form installed for a year and no one has used it?” Well, people have used it, actually. So, THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who have sent me heartwarming and…


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Personal

Being Bipolar and Having Bipolar: My Current Self

By on March 5, 2017

In a post I wrote in 2015, I gave an academic overview of how to understand the difference between saying “I’m bipolar” versus “I have bipolar.” It’s been a little over a year since I wrote that; while I still agree with my interpretation and analysis, I wanted to…


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Supportive

Dealing with the Shame of Mental Illness (or Not)

By on March 4, 2017

Shame is a very difficult concept to navigate. Its role in mental illness is different for every person. One of the first ideas I want to point out is that not everyone feels shame related to their mental illness. After being asked this question many times — specifically for…


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Topical

What does it feel like to have bipolar disorder?

By on February 19, 2017

Every time someone asks me this question, I ask them this question: “Well, how much time d’you got?”

It’s a good question. I’m glad people are asking it. But it’s not the best question to ask from my bipolar perspective. It’s kind of like if I were to ask someone,…

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