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

Things to Say and Not to Say to someone who is Depressed

If someone tells you they are depressed and you know it is clinical (although some of these things might help if it is situational.) there are things you should say and things you shouldn’t. Before you do anything, however, make … Continue reading

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Accomplishment: A way out of Depression

Have you been putting something off because you are depressed? Have you been procrastinating because it is easier to stay in bed than take that first step forward in getting something done? Would accomplishing something feel better? When you are … Continue reading

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Beware of Hypomania

Although mania might be a feeling that some people with bipolar disorder might seek, it can be dangerous. People in a manic state often do things they regret. They take risks they normally wouldn’t take or spend money they do … Continue reading

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A Driving Force Behind Depression and What can Be Done About It

There are many causes of depression, but one thing that usually is a part of it is avoidance. While depressed, it is easy to simply deal with it by avoiding it altogether. It starts with a vicious cycle that starts … Continue reading

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Depression Tips Re: Wake Up Routine

If you are struggling with depression, a great thing to try is to change your morning routine. First, it starts with brisk awakening. The key is to get up at the same time every morning. Then, establish a morning routine. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Manage Stress by Natural Therapy Mental Health

Written by Natural Therapy Mental Health who can be found on Instagram @naturaltherapy_mentalhealth

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Email to Representative Patrick McHenry Re: Suicidal Navy Soldier being Punished for having a Mental Illness

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Dear Representative Pateick McHenry I wrote to Virginia Foxx, but was told you are my new representative. I am a mental health advocate and founded a FB group with 20,000 ppl from all over the world. I … Continue reading

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Guest Post: interview with Mental Health Author John Medl

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder one with psychotic features in 2006. I was hospitalized in a locked down ward for 11 days until I was stable enough to be released into the general public. I have had a few … Continue reading

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Email to Representative Adam Smith regarding Navy Punishing Suicidal Sailor

Photo Source: Facebook Dear Representative Adam Smith and/or Mariam Salem;Hi! I am writing as a mental health advocate in regards to what is happening with to  Congressman Adam Smith said the next steps are to ensure the Navy has an … Continue reading

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Mental Health Advocates Call to Action: A Suicidal US Navy Seaman is Punished for having a Mental Illness: Let’s not let this happen again!

U.S. Navy Seaman Michael Gregg. Photo courtesy of Farrah Gregg MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES TAKE ACTION NOW! Can you believe this? Should it happen again? Please take a few minutes and share this post to FB and other social media sites. … Continue reading

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