Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was often so depressed that she couldn’t get out of bed and … Continue reading Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

By Mary Giliberti, J.D. | Oct. 06, 2017 NAMI is here to raise awareness about mental illness. We talk about different conditions, how to advocate, why stigma is a problem—but there’s another aspect of awareness that is critically important for us to talk about: services and treatment, as well as timing. We are learning from research that treatment’s … Continue reading The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

Personal Story: How Invalidating My Bipolar Disorder Invalidates Me

I was finally given the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That was a huge breakthrough for me. It made the way I felt and the severe mood swings I would experience feel validated. There was a reason. I now had words to explain what I was going through: mania, depression, hypomania.

NAMI is a Proud Partner on the Be Vocal Speak Up Project

Today marks the release of The Be Vocal Documentary. This powerful documentary follows three very different people who share one common experience—their lives have been transformed by speaking up for mental health. The film, which can be streamed on the Be Vocal website, chronicles their efforts to live well and break through the silence often associated with mental illness. Special thanks to the film’s executive producer, Demi Lovato!

Showing What It Means to Have Bipolar Disorder

By Laura Greenstein | Jun. 06, 2016 People often portray bipolar disorder as a condition that causes someone to have constant and extreme mood swings at any given moment, but that doesn’t truly capture the nature of this condition. Representing bipolar disorder in popular culture accurately is critical toward achieving awareness, understanding and acceptance. One … Continue reading Showing What It Means to Have Bipolar Disorder

NAMI-DAC Chapter Sheds Light On Mental Health Conditions

NAMI-DAC Sheds Light On Mental Health Conditions Las Cruces Sun-News (NM) – 7/31/2015 July 31–LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces resident Daisuke Alba, 21, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2014, said living with his mental health condition has been humiliating. “Anybody else can focus and be a steady person in all aspects of their life, … Continue reading NAMI-DAC Chapter Sheds Light On Mental Health Conditions