The Worst Side Effect Of Bipolar Disorder Is The Shame

I wasn’t thankful. I was too negative. I wasn’t doing enough. When I found out my mood swings weren't my fault, that I had bipolar disorder, I cried. Read...
Anonymous    |   10.6.17   |   SHARE
Part of the depression of summer SAD is due to FOMO (“fear of missing out”). Image: Image: Tú Anh/Pixabay.

I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder — In The Summer

Seasonal Affective Disorder, a common mood disorder that was first described by Dr. Norman Rosenthal in 1984, is mostly discussed in terms of how it Read...
Lachrista Greco    |   06.27.16   |   SHARE
Even the fierce love I have for my family doesn’t mean I don’t feel utterly hopeless sometimes. Image: Thinkstock.

Suicidal Ideation And The Complication Of Motherhood

[CN: suicide, overdose] Gratitude stops me from ending my life, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to end my life. Even the fierce love I have for Read...
Joni Edelman    |   05.25.16   |   SHARE
That’s what comes after mania is through with you: You realize the dream you’ve been living in was actually a nightmare, and you helped create it.

What Mania Really Feels Like When You're Bipolar

Many people are aware of bipolar disorder. Most know it’s a mental illness that swings the brain between depression and mania. Most understand Read...
Liz Lazzara    |   03.21.16   |   SHARE

The Difference Between Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorders

The symptoms of borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder can often overlap. Understanding the difference is a first step in getting Read...
Tamar Shtrambrand    |   05.22.15   |   SHARE
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What It's Like To Be Medicated—And Not—With Bipolar Disorder

In honor of World Bipolar Day, I present a sample stream of consciousness based on my experiences living with this disorder. Read...
Joni Edelman    |   04.1.15   |   SHARE

On Being "Crazy": A Day In My Life With Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatric illness is still stigmatized. And that’s hard when you have a psychiatric illness. Read...
Joni Edelman    |   11.20.14   |   SHARE
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The Good And Bad Of My Bipolar II Diagnosis And Demeanor

I’m lucky to be smart, to have an astonishingly good memory. Or maybe I’m lucky to be bipolar. Read...
Joni Edelman    |   11.19.14   |   SHARE