The Bipolar Chronicles

The Ups and Downs

I know I'm not the only one who feels a little crazy, a little out of place, a little weird sometimes.  Please join me on a journey through my imbalanced mind.  The crazy are normal here.  Welcome.

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Living Through Mania

Being bipolar sucks. I know before I accepted my diagnosis I didn’t think that my manic phases were a big deal because basically, mania...

Chronic Pain and Mental Health

I know many people who deal with chronic pain, myself included, and it is no walk in the park. There is a crazy voice in your head...

Learning to Love Yourself

First, I want to say that sometimes it is very hard for me to feel comfortable inside my own skin. I know that sounds strange, but anyone...

Seasonal Depression

It's that time of year again where we set our clocks back an hour and although we get an extra hour of sleep, our days are shorter and...

Wanting to Give Up

It's easy to start off on a new path with confidence and determination. Maybe you've decided to start exercising and eating better. ...

Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

I understand that this title may seem a little harsh, but as I have gotten older, I have realized that not feeling sorry for myself is an...

A Monster Named Anxiety

My anxiety started early. I was eight years old when the foundation of my life shattered under my feet. Everything that I had ever...

Practicing Self-Care

One thing that was not stressed when I was growing up was the importance of self-care. Even into my early adulthood I didn't realize how...

Getting Used to Feeling Safe

I don't know what to write about today. Honestly, I have felt very frustrated today. I have a good life, don't get me wrong. I'm very...

Trying to Deal with Social Anxiety

Today I noticed, more so than usual, how much being around people makes me feel uncomfortable. I have talked about my social anxiety...

Sometimes Life is Hard

Being bipolar is hard. It's not a little difficult, it's not easily overcome and if you don't practice the right treatment, it can...

Living Fearlessly

Fear is a powerful motivator that impacts our mental health daily. Nowadays, it seems a lot of fear has morphed into straight violence. ...

Being There for Others

I think when we talk about mental health the topic of a support system is very important. Mental illness can be a tidal wave of emotion,...

Feeling Comfortable in Your Own Skin

I have always, for as long as I can remember, had some form of body dysmorphia. I truly can't think of a time when I was actually happy...

Dealing with Judgment

People judge you a ton whenever you have a mental illness. Hell, people judge you even if you don't have a mental illness. Personally,...

Feeling Worthless

I am currently in EMDR therapy and had my second session yesterday. If you're not familiar with EMDR, just know that it deals with...

Being a Creative Person

I feel most artists understand that life is perceived differently by creative people. People who are not creative may not understand or...

Find What Comforts You and Doesn't Hurt You

It can be confusing learning the difference between comfort that is genuine and comfort that is merely numbing. I know it has taken me...

Victor Frankenstein: The Real Monster

Halloween is coming and along with it are movies, decorations, costumes and ghost stories. One of my favorite spooky tales is Mary...

Overcoming the Stigma

Mental illness has been stigmatized for a long time. Historically, mental health has been linked with spiritual well being. In the past...

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