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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the United States have faced mental illness in the past year. Bipolar disorder is one such condition, and it affects about 6.1 million adults in the United States alone.
Mood disorders like bipolar are the third most common cause of hospitalization among people between the ages of 18 and 44 years. Symptoms can vary from person to person and also throughout the course of a person’s life. In general, there are three categories: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder. All three are characterized by having some type of depressive episode as well as a manic or hypomanic episode.
Living with bipolar is challenging, but as these bloggers show, managing the condition to live your fullest life is possible. It just might take some extra help. These writers share inspiration and real talk, expressing what living with bipolar really means for them and what it could mean for you.
Bipolar Beat by Psych Central
Bipolar Beat is a collaboration between Candida Fink, a psychiatrist who specializes in children and adolescents, and Joe Kraynak, a freelance author whose wife has bipolar disorder. Both bring unique perspectives when discussing the disorder. Fink discusses the roles that medications and mental health professionals can play in the treatment of bipolar. She also offers advice on topics like sleep and parenting with bipolar. Kraynak’s posts, meanwhile, highlight his wife’s struggles with different situations and feature interviews with bipolar experts.
bp is a magazine dedicated to living with bipolar disorder. The blog features several writers who live with bipolar, and each brings their own voice and perspective on what it’s like to have it. Read about blogger Susie Johnson’s secret weapon for dealing with bipolar — the love from her pets — or about how seasonal changes can impact Dave Mowry’s mood and what sorts of things he’s found helpful for dealing with them.
Julie A. Fast has written four bestselling books on bipolar disorder. She was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder with psychotic features in 1995. This is now called schizoaffective disorder. Julie freely shares her own day-to-day experiences with bipolar and what helps her manage it, stressing that what works for her may not work for everyone. She also writes about various treatment paths, helping parents, partners, and health care professionals create a plan that works for the whole family when a person has bipolar disorder.
Deborah has been living with bipolar for about 25 years, although she didn’t always know it. Her posts discuss how she deals with life events like travel while managing her disorder, as well as hospital stays and how the seasons affect her mood. Besides candidly sharing her own experiences, Deborah writes about the portrayals of mental illness in recent films and TV shows, shares poetry, and even throws in a little dark humor.
The Bipolar Blogger Network
The Bipolar Blogger Network is a community of people with bipolar disorder, each sharing their own experiences with the condition. Curated by a couple of friends as a hobby, the blog hopes to connect more people who want to write about and read about living with bipolar. You’ll find a list of blog titles and links that take you to their pages. Each blogger has to apply and meet the network’s standards before being featured. The blog is another good one-stop-shop to find lots of different perspectives on bipolar.
Bipolar Mom Life
On Bipolar Mom Life, Jennifer Marshall talks about the unique challenges that come with being both a mom and someone living with bipolar I disorder. Jennifer has also founded a nonprofit, This Is My Brave, which encourages others to share their story of dealing with mental illness. She’s even given a TEDx talk about her mission. Her blog posts discuss the work she does with her nonprofit, healthy habits like working out and trying float therapy, and parenting moments like her children’s first day of school.
Joel Gazis-Sax is an anthropologist who has been writing about his experiences with bipolar for years. In addition to sharing his personal stories about living, working, and traveling with bipolar, Gazis-Sax also features poetry and musings written by himself and other writers whose works he identifies with. He also discusses thoughts on other mental health issues, like PTSD, and global affairs. Come here for variety, honesty, and wit!
International Bipolar Foundation’s Blog
The International Bipolar Foundation provides a forum for people living with bipolar and their loved ones to share their stories. Posts are divided by topic instead of writer, so you can quickly find posts on subjects you’d like to read about without sifting through everything. The site is also host to tons of helpful information about bipolar disorder and links to resources where you can get help.
On his blog, Dave Wise offers an honest and raw account of his life. He navigates through mental illness, personal losses and setbacks, suicide attempts, and how his faith helped him through it. Dave and his wife recently welcomed a son, and he writes about the rewards and the challenges of parenting while also struggling with bipolar disorder. His posts are a reminder that mental health is an ongoing journey, not a milestone. The blog also features guest posts by mental health advocate AJ French and Wide’s friend Shirley Davis.
Charlotte Walker has been living with bipolar for over 25 years. She started her blog in 2011 after a relapse and has since received several honors for her writing. The blog chronicles everything from her personal struggles to the stigma and misinformation we often hear about mental illness, like using the term to describe behavior you don’t approve of or agree with. Charlotte’s honesty and forthrightness make her an essential voice in the bipolar community.
Life Unlimited by DBSA
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is an organization led by peers living with mood disorders. It provides information and resources on bipolar and depression as well as a peer inspiration section, where they feature individual stories. There are also videos, music, and artwork produced by artists living with bipolar. If you’re looking for treatment resources and peer stories, this is a good place to look. You can also use the site to find a support group in your area.
Emma White is a mother of six who says bipolar almost took away everything she held dear. But Emma fought back and established her blog as a place to offer support for other parents living with mental illness. Her posts are divided into categories from motherhood to mental health. She includes helpful parenting tips, including boredom hacks and how to keep your kids safe in the digital age. Many of her mental health posts address parenting through depression.
Michelle Clark has been living with depression since she was 13 years old, and she was diagnosed with bipolar at 17 after being hospitalized with a severe manic episode. Her ups and downs forced her to give up her teaching career, but she continues to educate and inspire from her blog. Check out her posts on how to differentiate between different types of mental illness, as well as those that draw on her own life experiences. Also, check out her Pinterest board, which is filled with infographics and articles on bipolar disorder and is an especially great resource for the newly diagnosed.