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 [...]

3 Changes Linked to my Mania

3 Changes Linked to my Mania

Hypomania or mania can feature many noticeable differences. Some of those are clearly visible, while others are not. While everyone experiences mood episodes differently, I wanted to share 3 ways hypomania and mania change me.   Changes in writing: "Writer's block" does not present as an issue. Some describe this as a "flow", when writing [...]

“There is one thing I like about mania…”

“There is one thing I like about mania…”

How many illnesses can be seen in a positive light by its patients? How many have symptoms that make the "sick" willingly give up their meds time after time? This is one reason that bipolar disorder is so fascinating to me. Medication non-adherence may not be that big of an issue with other illnesses, but [...]