This Bipolar Life: Numb

I’m not really sure what to write sometimes. I wish I had profound things to pass along but the reality that I’m just one person and I’m not even particularly witty hits me pretty hard on occasion. See, before the onset of my bipolar I was a wreck but had my good moments. Once we … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: Numb

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: On the Other Side

I remember my own breakdown. It was triggered by medication changes beyond my control due to a lack of insurance following a job loss. The reason is irrelevant though, the reality is that it broke me. Into thousands of little pieces I am still picking up. What I didn't realize was what my severe depressive episode did to … Continue reading This Bipolar Life: On the Other Side

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