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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

Guest Post: Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse by Sharon Torres

Bipolar disorder is a condition where the person experiences dramatic changes in mood, activity, behavior, and energy. This constant shift will shape the person’s ability to live, much less perform daily tasks. This should not be mistaken for mood swings … Continue reading

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Feature Story: My Bipolar Life Story by Jason Miller

Every one of us has the capacity to make a fundamental choice that has a huge impact on the quality of our time here on Earth: Whether we going to settle for survival or we are going to thrive. And … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Interview with DJ Jaffe- Author, Mental Health Advocate, and Executive Director of

Following is an interview with DJ Jaffe, author of Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill and executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org. Q: What got you interested in serious mental illness? DJ: In the 1980s, my … Continue reading

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I want to Get off this Roller Coaster

Usually, I am quite positive, but today I am being frank.  Having bipolar disorder sucks and there is no other way to say it. The depressions are so debilitating that I don’t leave the house, don’t take showers for days, … Continue reading

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Guest Video: I am going to fight the demons of mental illness

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Guest Video: Somewhere there is… (You’re not alone)

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Guest Post: Read This Is You Feel Too Ashamed To Ask For Help

The stigma that hurts the most is the one we put on ourselves. All too often I hear my mentally ill peers shame themselves for their symptoms or treatments. When it feels as if the whole world is against us, … Continue reading

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Just Because I am Unstable does not Mean I am not taking my Medications

There is nothing more irritating when I hear on a movie or television show that the person is acting erratic because they are off their medications. It bugs me that one of my sisters assumes that I am not taking … Continue reading

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How to Avoid doing things in a Manic State that you will Regret Later

While in a manic state, especially if you are coming out of a deep depression, it is easy to use your manic energy to get a lot of things done that you couldn’t do while in the bout of depression … Continue reading

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Are you driving your tricycle or riding the space shuttle?

Sometimes, while having bipolar disorder, you feel like you are driving a tricycle.  With the bike, you are not able to do as many things as you once would with a different mode of transportation.Wheels fall off making it harder … Continue reading

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