My name is Maureen, and I am forty years old. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about eight years ago. I have battled depression since my teens and was diagnosed with it in my late twenties, while struggling with a stressful career and difficult marriage. My episodes became longer and more debilitating, and short-lived bursts of energy and activity followed. After one particularly difficult episode, I was unable to work and barely able to function. At this point, I was given the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Mental Illness & Addiction
By: Kristian Feldstein
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few months after turning 18 years old in 2003. While that seems so long ago, one would think 10 years is enough time to figure out how to perfectly manage my illness and life. The truth of the matter is, I am still learning and the things I have learned up to this point in my life, I have learned the hard way.
My Letter to You
By: Kristian Feldstein
Some of us are so far from what we imagined our lives would be like;
Some have exactly what they pictured;
Some are trying to do everything they can to escape the constant reminder that we failed to meet our childhood expectations and dreams of adulthood.
No matter where we are all human where some things are within our control and others are not.
Above all, no thing or person is ever completely as it seems.
The Best Life of My Life
How Food Changed Bipolar Disorder for Me
Controlling our Bipolar Disorder is a full time job, even during the good times. We have meds, psychotherapy, and other standard treatments. However, have you considered food as a form of treatment? I've discovered there are certain foods that help me keep the Bipolar roller coaster on the up side.
“FINALS! FINALS! GET YOUR FINALS HERE!”
Finals are the dreading exams we take at the end of each semester that not only covers four months worth of material in 50 questions, but covers a large sum of our overall grades. The intense pressure to do well on finals is a nightmare for any college student, but for a student with bipolar disorder, it could be lead to anger, anxiety, sleepless nights, irritations or even a trip to the doctor.
It’s that Time of Year
This is the time of year that we become reflective and think about all the reasons why we have become thankful.
I know I do it. I see it all over the Internet on Facebook and Twitter. People posting why they are thankful. The Internet by-ways are practically flooded and clogged with people cramming in a couple of day’s worth of “I’m thankful….” That they think will cover them the rest of the year.
What have they been doing the rest of the year?
Chase the thoughts
And shutdown my racing mind.
Counting the flock just doesn’t stop
Those endless thoughts of mine.
Enter baa baa black sheep
In a small prescription form.
He comes in twos, but I make him four
When I crack him always in half,
Or grind him up in sleepy time tea
A dash of milk and local honey.