By Amy Taylor, MS, CTRS | Mar. 13, 2019 I experienced discrimination after disclosing my bipolar disorder to an employer. I was working for a state agency that serves thousands of disabled adults. At first, it seemed like a perfect fit. I was a social services specialist, and my job was to assess clients in the nursing home and assist … Continue reading When I Was Fired After Medical Leave
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
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
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.
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!
We do a great disservice to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder by ignoring the condition’s types. Too often I see “bipolar disorder” used alone, yet the illness actually exists on a spectrum.
By Jess Lader | Jan. 06, 2017 I’m writing with tears in my eyes following Carrie Fisher’s untimely death. My love, appreciation and fandom for her is due to more than her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: She was a pioneer for those of us who live with bipolar disorder and other mental … Continue reading What I Learned From Carrie Fisher
Bipolar disorder manifests in different ways, including extended periods of hypomania, hypermania, depression, irritability, rapid cycling, and more. None are pleasant and all can have severe consequences.
Not knowing you have bipolar disorder can be worse than the disorder itself.
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