There is a lot of talk about why people with mental illness self-sabotage. The other day, while reading online, I saw this quote: “I am afraid of two things equally – success and failure.” I took notice when I read it because it sums up my entire life and the topic of self-sabotage comes up […]
Society has the backward notion that men aren’t supposed to cry, even when depressed. Sure, men get a pass at their daughter’s wedding or the funeral of a loved one, but even then we are expected to cry in a manly way. We are expected to choke back the tears and fight the emotions instead […]
Social etiquette is an important thing for society, and that includes such things as asking, “How are you?” when we greet others. As a person with bipolar disorder, I don’t have any special exemption from answering that question in any way other than, “Fine.” There are three main moods that most people with bipolar will […]
Any discussion about mental illness isn’t complete without discussing the caregivers. There are three primary types of caregivers, and they all play an important role. Medical professionals, mental health advocates (including peer supporters), and family members (which includes close friends) are instrumental in providing care day in and day out for people struggling with mental […]
There are an estimated 47.5 million people currently living with dementia across the world, and that figure is unfortunately expected to rise to 75.6 million people by 2030. Dementia will more than likely touch the lives of everyone at some stage. Therefore, people living with the debilitating condition need as much help as possible, which […]
Good Morning Dr. Ramani Durvasula! First, I’d like to introduce you to our readers, then talk about how narcissism intersects with bipolar disorder, and then finally discuss your new book “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” Let’s get started: Please introduce yourself. (My name is) Dr. Ramani Durvasula, Professor of Psychology at California State […]
I spend a lot of time struggling with how to describe what depression feels like. Partly because I’m a writer and partly because I want my loved ones to understand me, I’m constantly trying to find the perfect explanation. I feel as though I’ve come close using darkness as imagery and trying to build on […]
Working as a speaker and writer in the mental health field, I hear a lot of things over and over. Stigma, for example, comes up a lot, as do various analogies for different diagnoses. Obviously, I don’t agree with everything I hear, but sometimes I don’t realize I disagree until years later. This is the […]
I receive a lot of e-mail, direct messages, and phone calls asking me a variety of questions. With the exception of specific questions about living with mental illness, the most asked question has to do with my advocacy work or how to become an advocate themselves. While there is no guarantee what part you can […]
This article is dedicated to my wife, Kendall. She loves all of me – bipolar disorder included. She and I will be married three years on August 22, 2015. She knew on our first date that I was living with mental illness and she showed up anyway. Call it a romantic story, call it love, […]
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- Do Depression and Crying Make Me Less of a Man?
- What Does “I’m Fine” Mean from a Person with Bipolar?
- Do Family Members of the Mentally Ill Need to Practice Self-Care?
- 5 Simple Ways to Help Support a Person with Dementia
- Narcissism and Bipolar Disorder: Interview with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
- Can I Understand Depression If I Don’t Have It?
- Mental Illness Isn’t as Invisible as People Think
- How to Become a Mental Health Advocate in 3 Simple Steps
- For Loving Me, Despite My Bipolar Disorder, Thank You