Author Archives: Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

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

I have a Mental Illness, but I am not a Mistake

I watched “Won’t you be my Neighbor” about Mr. Rogers last night.  One message he put across to kids via a puppet is that they are not a mistake.  Although, he did not bring up mental illness, I see how … Continue reading

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The Frustrations of a Mental Health Advocate

No one would say that they don’t care about the mentally ill, I don’t think.  However, it has been proven over and over again that many don’t care at all.  I am not going to go through the proof because … Continue reading

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Start talking about suicide and mental illness ALL THE TIME!

The news recently revolved around suicides of famous people and when a celebrity comes out or there is a mass shooting, some light is shed on mental illness. However, the important talk about a national epidemic fades quickly and this … Continue reading

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Mania or Depression: Will I stay in the light this time?

My life has been a roller coaster since I was 13.   There have been times when medications have worked and I have been stable, but these don’t last very long.  Now, the problem is I think I might be medication … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Nicole Allen: Living with Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Living with Bipolar Disorder and Addiction As a kid, he was creative, energetic, and outgoing. As a teen, he got introduced to alcohol and cocaine. As an adult, he moved to Los Angeles to begin work as a writer. Out West, he … Continue reading

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Bipolar Disorder: Feeling Hopeless? Don’t give up!

Having bipolar disorder can feel like you are in a deep hole and can’t get out when you are depressed and suicide enters your mind.   When you are manic, it can feel like you are on the top of the … Continue reading

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Assessment for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Assessment should be done by a professional. Here are some things they should look for and discuss at an assessment: If you are the person experiencing mood changes, a friend or family member may mention it to you … Continue reading

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Darkness Therapy is a Way to Treat Mania

I was just reading about some alternative ways to treat bipolar disorder, specifically mania and came across an article that talked about darkness therapy.  I decided to do some research and write a blog about it. In 1996 there was … Continue reading

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Guest Post: How Pets help PTSD Victims and/or the Mentally Ill by Selim

Pets could play the most important role in your mental health recovery. Researchers of the United Kingdom and all over the world say that pets can be the only active element to their owners in their hard times or depressive … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Mistreatment of My son after A Living Nightmare of His 1st Psychosis by Tamara

It’s so hard for me to wrap my mind around the events of the past few weeks and perhaps that is why I struggle to find the words to yet again tell this story. But it’s a story that needs … Continue reading

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