bphope.com Vlogging

bphope.com Vlogging

I am very excited that my 2 bipolar disorder videos are online on bphope.com! The first video is on how to deal with excessive empathy and the second one is on the impact of bipolar disorder on one's physical health.   Please check them out and let me know what you think!   If you [...]

Mania: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream

Mania: A Nightmare Dressed as a Daydream

Jay Griffiths asks if bipolar is really an illness (as does anyone who's got it). Illness is a condition that impairs normal functioning. "But in the foothills of mania, normal functioning is enhanced," she writes. -Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful   Recently, I met an older woman who is in the depths [...]

5 Reasons to Buy RX: A Graphic Memoir

5 Reasons to Buy RX: A Graphic Memoir

    FUN, CREATIVE APPROACH: If you love Ellen Forney's Marbles: Mania, Depression Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir, you will love this book! Both books are graphic memoirs in a similar cartoony style which makes it a fun and quick read. TRULY ENCOMPASSES THE COMPLEXITY OF ILLNESS: It is the portrayal of the mental [...]

PODCAST TIME! #BeyondYourPast

PODCAST TIME! #BeyondYourPast

https://twitter.com/BeyondYourPast/status/1034074301551575041 I've never been on a podcast before, but I jumped at this opportunity. It was such a great experience. I loved getting the chance to use a new platform for psychoeducation & discussing bipolar disorder! Thank you, Matthew Pappas of the awesome "Beyond Your Past" podcast!   LISTEN HERE!

Revolutions & Mania

Revolutions & Mania

  In a full-blown manic state, I felt this overwhelming sense of urgency, one which was related to helping others, specifically those with mental illnesses and suicidal ideation. As someone who has experienced debilitating bipolar disorder symptoms, including obsessive thoughts of a suicidal nature, I felt strongly empathetic to those who have gone and continue [...]

Yes, I’m the “Difficult Patient”… and I’m Not Sorry.

Yes, I’m the “Difficult Patient”… and I’m Not Sorry.

Dear past in-patient psychiatrists,   Imagine having your freedom stripped from you "for your own good." Imagine that consisting of: being handcuffed, placed in the back of a police car, locked in a psychiatric ward for a unspecified amount of time.   Being in a psychiatric unit can feel so dehumanizing...   In the psychiatric [...]