This Bipolar Life: Professional Mania

Here's a story I've never shared: About two years ago I bought a new car, okay I did so with a loan, but I still put my ass in a new class of manic, even for me. Brand new. I didn’t even test drive it. Nothing. They pulled it up and I signed the papers. … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Professional Mania

This Bipolar Life: Beyond Bipolar

I'm 44. I've known I've had bipolar now for 14 years of my life. That's about one-third of my lifetime has been knowingly spent living with and battling this disease. Now, instead of continuing to fight it (ack - it's awful!) I've decided to embrace it. I'm firmly in the "Who am I?" phase anyway … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Beyond Bipolar

TBL: An Open Letter to My Children

I know it's hard. I know it's unimaginably difficult to live with a parent who sometimes quickly vacillates between the ups and downs of life. I know because I've lived it. It was my reality. For years. And now it's yours. For better or worse, this is what you get. Frankly, I think I'm a … Continue reading TBL: An Open Letter to My Children

This Bipolar Life: Bitch Mode, Mania, and Me

I can be a bitch. Especially when manic. Mania can be a difficult thing to manage and when uncontrolled can cause damage to myself and those around me if I'm not careful. For me, mania tends to manifest as agitation and frustration along with making plans to achieve what are sometimes unrealistic goals. After 10 years of … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Bitch Mode, Mania, and Me

This Bipolar Life: The Meds Merry-go-Round

So whenever you get a diagnosis of bipolar the first thing the docs, and reasonably so, want to try is medication. Of course this is along with behavioral therapy but they definitely want you on meds. This can get very interesting as you sometimes have to try dozens of different meds and/or med combinations to … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: The Meds Merry-go-Round