When I first told my psychiatrist about my plans to travel to Taiwan to perform in a new music theatre production, I thought she might be a little concerned but otherwise supportive. To my surprise, she instead advised that I scrap the idea, and not go at all! She then told me about another patient […]
Everyday we hear mental illness terms being used in inappropriate and derogatory ways. Terms like schizo, manic, ADHD and of course, bipolar. I find it scary that these terms are used with zero sensitivity or regard for those of us living with a mental illness. I thought we had come farther than this.
From my initial bipolar diagnosis to reaching a “new normal” two and a half years later, I have questioned and analyzed every single emotional state and thought process, as well as every experience and memory I have had throughout my entire life. Since I have type I bipolar I am more prone to manic episodes […]