When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, no one was more surprised than I was. Depression was always my personal demon. The highs of bipolar disorder were conspicuously absent from my symptoms. How do I describe depression? It feels like I am walking through quicksand, and … [Read more...] about 3 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who Is Depressed
Part of leveraging my 24 years of experience navigating bipolar disorder to help you live a fuller, more balanced life includes educating you. These blog posts combine my personal journey with the facts about various bipolar-related issues.
Mania. The symptom of bipolar disorder that keeps people coming back for more. How do I describe mania? Mania is when my brain is like a car traveling at 100 miles per hour, and it feels like all the cylinders are firing at maximum capacity. An elaborate fireworks display is … [Read more...] about The Ugly Truth About Mania: 3 Reasons I Hate It
Welcome to my big fat bipolar life. If you are here, you probably have your own bipolar disorder diagnosis, or someone you love does. Or maybe you feel called to better understand and help those who do. Hi, my name is Andrea, and I am here to leverage my 24 years of experience … [Read more...] about Welcome to My Big Fat Bipolar Life
I have written about every mental illness symptom I have experienced—mania, depression, psychosis, intrusive thoughts and postpartum psychosis, but I have never written a post devoted strictly to bipolar disorder. I have a confession to make. In the twenty-three years I have … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder
Once, while I was attending a funeral, I glanced around the room and noticed a policeman seated in the crowd. What would happen if I grabbed his gun and shot myself in the head? The thought stopped me in my tracks. What the hell was that? I shook it off and paid attention to the … [Read more...] about 3 Truths About Intrusive Thoughts