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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: 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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Guest Post: A Bipolar Diagnosis is Not a Death Sentence by Carrie Cantwell

I can’t believe I ever wanted to die. But then again, things right now are really good. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it felt like to be so hopeless I was willing to end my own life. But that’s … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Mental Illness and Addiction–To Have Children or Not by Adam Durnham

Mental illness and addiction can figure prominently in the decision to have children or not. One’s own struggles with either or both certainly weigh heavily in the balance if there is enough presence of mind to consider the wisdom of … Continue reading

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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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Depression: Steps to take to feeling better

There are five main categories to feel more vital, balanced, and free from depression.  These categories are mental care, support from people, physical care, your lifestyle, and spiritual self-care. Mental care includes: positive self-talk and beliefs using a mood journal … Continue reading

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