Guest Post: Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: Seasons Change by Shannon Mick

Never lose hope because things can change. Circumstances and situations change, sometimes in the blink of an eye and sometimes over a few years. I like spending time outdoors, so I think of change as weather patterns and seasons. Using this as a metaphor, we dress appropriately for the daily weather and for each season, … Continue reading Guest Post: Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: Seasons Change by Shannon Mick

Guest Post: Why Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder is So Tough by G. Alex Patten, MD

Since its original description over 160 years ago, Bipolar Disorder has been a tough diagnosis to make accurately. At different times called “circular insanity,” “manic depressive psychosis,” and “manic depression,” Bipolar Disorder was not officially recognized as a standalone mental illness until 1980. Now we know that Bipolar Disorder is actually a group of four … Continue reading Guest Post: Why Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder is So Tough by G. Alex Patten, MD

Blogs Written by The Parents of Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Bandit's Story My mom wrote these: (Click on title to be brought to the article.) Part 1 How having a mentally ill child affects the family. Part 2: Trying to Figure out What was Wrong with my Daughter Part 3: My Daughter’s Diagnosis and my Reaction HOW I DEAL WITH HER MANIC EPISODES Part 5: The next Manic … Continue reading Blogs Written by The Parents of Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder

Guest Post: A Letter To Police Officers Regarding the Mentally Ill by Nancy Boucher

I have learned these lessons on the front lines as a Mom, and the road ahead in helping those in crisis with serious mental illness A person who has a serious mental illness and is in crisis may be experiencing paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and be feeling threatened and fearful. Their brain is not functioning normally. … Continue reading Guest Post: A Letter To Police Officers Regarding the Mentally Ill by Nancy Boucher

Guest Post: Can I Stop Myself from Slipping into the Bipolar Abyss? by Jess Kanotz

Look past the woman with unwashed hair who is wearing a security blanket of a sweater and notice that she made the bed. I'd call that hope. I can feel myself slipping into an abyss. I could be sliding into depression or a mixed state if I can’t stop it from happening. Just so we’re … Continue reading Guest Post: Can I Stop Myself from Slipping into the Bipolar Abyss? by Jess Kanotz

Guest Post: 7 Common Myths About Bipolar Disorder: Busted by Nidhi Thakur

Today every one in five people is diagnosed with a mental illness, including bipolar disorder. For those who still don't know, bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that's thought to be caused by an imbalance in the way brain cells communicate with each other.  This imbalance causes extreme mood swings that go way beyond … Continue reading Guest Post: 7 Common Myths About Bipolar Disorder: Busted by Nidhi Thakur

Guest Post: What Euphoria Feels Like by @that_bipolar.girl

“Euphoria is the experience (or affect) of pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Euphoric mania often releases a surge of super human energy that creates a feeling of invincibility.” - Wikipedia  I think I could write a whole book and tell about every experience I’ve had, but I could never explain how … Continue reading Guest Post: What Euphoria Feels Like by @that_bipolar.girl

Guest Post: The Difference Between Mental Health & Mental Illness by Amelia Blackwater

What is Mental Health? Mental health reflects “our emotional, psychological, & social well-being.”  Mental health can affect, how we think, feel, & act.  For example, if we are having a day where our mental health is bad, it can have an impact on our self talk, how we interact with others, handle problems, & make … Continue reading Guest Post: The Difference Between Mental Health & Mental Illness by Amelia Blackwater

Guest Post: To My Bipolar Disorder by @bipolarthriveguide

I can write to you because you are not me You have undoubtedly made your presence known in my life, but you do not define me Through the years as I have journeyed with you, I (and my loved ones) have travailed through many struggles and slippery slopes, many tides, textures and tones pervade I … Continue reading Guest Post: To My Bipolar Disorder by @bipolarthriveguide

Guest Post: Travelling With A Mental Illness by Em

Travelling can be a joyous experience filled with adventures, laughs and the opportunity for unique memories to be created. However, travelling is not excluded from the stress we experience in day-to-day living; it only presents itself in a different form. “Have I packed enough clothes?” “What will the weather be like there?” “What is the … Continue reading Guest Post: Travelling With A Mental Illness by Em

Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Me by Lou Farrell

It has taken a long time for me to come to terms with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It was back in 2002, after the birth of my son, that things became a little strange, shall we say. Before 2002 I had been in and out of the hospital with depression; there was the idea … Continue reading Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Me by Lou Farrell

Guest Post: 27 Self-Love Tips from a Therapist by Heather

Loving yourself is hard, but it’s something that everyone wants to do.  We all know that loving ourselves is important, but how can we actually go about doing this? If you’re like most people, then you’ve probably struggled with self-love for a long time and have tried dozens of different ways to make yourself feel … Continue reading Guest Post: 27 Self-Love Tips from a Therapist by Heather

Guest Post: Interview with Author of Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry

What inspired you to write the book, Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry, that got published in October of 2018?  I’m in my 14th year as a mobile emergency psychiatric social worker. Although most mobile psychiatric emergency cases have involved mentally high functioning patients, I’ve been most invigorated from helping … Continue reading Guest Post: Interview with Author of Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry

Guest Post: What My Hallucinations From Schizoaffective Disorder Feel Like by Katie Sanford

Side Note: Information about Schizoaffective Disorder After 13 years of living with schizoaffective disorder, hallucinations are a somewhat normal part of my life. They are neither constant nor always terrifying, but they do occur even with my treatment regimen. Everyone’s experiences are different, but here’s a look into what my visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations … Continue reading Guest Post: What My Hallucinations From Schizoaffective Disorder Feel Like by Katie Sanford

Guest Post: How the Stigma of Mental Illness affects a Person’s Life by John Adams

Mental illness is not something we acquire by choice, yet it becomes a stigma upon our existence. People from all walks of life encounter psychological issues due to varying reasons; there is no particular age or circumstance. Some people are able to overcome mental disorders without professional help, while others cannot. Whatever the case, a … Continue reading Guest Post: How the Stigma of Mental Illness affects a Person’s Life by John Adams

Guest Post: Outside Looking In: A Story Told by The Husband of Someone with Bipolar Disorder by Johnny Whitfield

Johnny Whitfield is a former newspaper reporter and editor. For those struggling with a mental health diagnosis, the most important people in their lives are often their caregivers – the people who make sure they take their medicines, get to doctor’s appointments, and help them deal with the basic necessities of life. The responsibilities of … Continue reading Guest Post: Outside Looking In: A Story Told by The Husband of Someone with Bipolar Disorder by Johnny Whitfield

Guest Post: Bipolar Is Not An Insult, It’s A Medical Condition by Marisa Feliciano

Language matters. We hear people refer to the weather as bipolar.  We hear people call their toddler’s tantrums bipolar. We hear people joke that their unreliable cars are bipolar. I get it, no one is perfect, and I highly doubt the people using that language are trying to be hurtful. Unfortunately, what I hear most … Continue reading Guest Post: Bipolar Is Not An Insult, It’s A Medical Condition by Marisa Feliciano

Guest Post: The Art of Playing for Good Mental Health by Lou Farrell

The Art of Playing for Good Mental Health Have you forgotten how to play? When we suffer from mental illness, play often goes out the window, but we need to play to gain good mental health; it is vital for refuelling our brain with positive thoughts and increasing our self-esteem. Table of Contents What is … Continue reading Guest Post: The Art of Playing for Good Mental Health by Lou Farrell

60 Mental Health Quotes that Inspire, Encourage, or Educate #10

I enjoy taking pictures and then adding quotes to them. Some of these are my own quotes, but most of them are from other people and I have given them credit. Disclaimer: I used Canva to make many of the designs. 54 until here 50 Mental Health Quotes that Inspire (#1)65 Mental Health Quotes that Inspire (#2)35 … Continue reading 60 Mental Health Quotes that Inspire, Encourage, or Educate #10

Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Diagnosing someone with a mental illness is not always easy. There really is not a blood test you can take. There is not really a straightforward way to diagnose someone with a mental illness, but there are warning signs you can look for. If someone exhibits these symptoms, it is suggested they see a medical … Continue reading Warning Signs of Mental Illness