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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses

Memorial Day: Remembering ALL Soldiers who have lost their lives!

Today is not just a day to celebrate the first day of summer with our friends and family. It is a day to remember the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Many often think … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Apps for Mental Health by Patrick

The coronavirus crisis is testing a lot of people’s mental health. The following is a list of mental health apps that are free to download and use! Here is a sampling of apps to help boost mental health. A couple … Continue reading

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Being Quarantined as Someone who has Bipolar Disorder

For most, being quarantined, it is an awful thing and people can’t wait to get back to their “normal” lives. For me, life is not that much different. Because of my depression, I stay at home and only leave the … Continue reading

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Mental Health Advice during this time of COVID-19

This time of this pandemic there are  many people who are feeling depressed, anxious, fearful, angry, traumatized, etc.  They are already seeing an uptick in cases of these and it is predicted it is only going to get worse. There … Continue reading

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Guest Post: My First Experience with Inpatient Hospitalization  By Bipolar Taxi

The first time I ended up in a psychiatric hospital I was 20 years old. It was shortly after my first attempt at getting off heroin after being on it for a few years. I don’t exactly remember how I … Continue reading

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The Worst things About Having Bipolar Disorder

Beware:  This is a rather bleak blog, but felt that the reality needed to be spoken. Overall, I would have to say the worst thing about it is feeling isolated and losing friends.  I am blessed with a husband and … Continue reading

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Am I responsible for what I do while manic and what can I do about it?

I do everything I can to not get manic, but sometimes it creeps in.  Those who love me know that and I am lucky as that is better than most people have. Yes- I am responsible for the things I … Continue reading

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How to be Around People when you are Depressed

When you are in a deep depression, it is hard to motivate yourself to do anything.  It can be difficult to get out of bed, take a shower, talk to friends and even family, exercise, or find anything that you … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Sleeping and Mental Health by MA Sleep Institute

A bit of background on sleep and mental illness While historically our theory on the interplay between mental illness and sleep disorders was simply that mental illness can cause sleep disorders. Recent research has made the link between the two … Continue reading

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Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder I

Bipolar disorder I has extreme highs (mania) and extreme lows (depression) MANIA delusions of grandeur risky behavior talking rapidly talking non-stop,  talking about unrealistic things  feeling that you are unstoppable, oftentimes irritability need to sleep less racing thoughts can’t concentrate … Continue reading

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