The Dark Side of Social Media

The Dark Side of Social Media

TW: This post discusses self-harm and suicide in relation to the internet & social media. I refrained from including images, but if the written content itself could be triggering to you, please do not continue to read the post beyond the resources listed. I have included 2 suicide prevention resources immediately below: Related Resources: National [...]

Barriers to Treatment

Barriers to Treatment

If someone thinks they are depressed, they can just easily go to the doctor and instantly get help, right? In a dream scenario, this would be the case. However, in reality, the situation is often much more complex. For many people, there are barriers to seeking care for mental illnesses (i.e. for depression).   Why [...]

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 [...]

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

From my experience and what I've heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I've listed 3, but there are certainly many more!     One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way.   Last summer, [...]

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!

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

Today, I feel normal… so normal that I might just cry. To someone who has no personal ties to a mood disorder, this statement may seem odd, even bizarre. Why would someone be so emotional about feeling just “okay”?   Thank you Charlotte Underwood so much for letting me write a guest blog post for [...]

You are my SUNSHINE [Blogger Award]!

You are my SUNSHINE [Blogger Award]!

  I got nominated by mental health blogger Fiona (@likeas_thewaves) for my first ever blog award! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much for this award! It is an honor!   So, if you are a member of the blogging community, you may have heard of the Sunshine Blogger Award. If not, basically it is:   The [...]