Writers With Mental Illness

Finally: A Memoir On The Least Known Mood Disorder

This is a story about my life before bipolar disorder morphed me into a shadow of my former self. -Dyane Harwood, Birth of A New Brain Birth of A New Brain Book Review – 5 out of 5 stars March 2019 Writers With Mental Illness Book of the Month I “met” Dyane Harwood online when…

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How I Used Writing To Overcome My Mental Health Struggles

Like many other writers with mental health struggles, using writing to heal has been a huge part of my mental health journey. When my first symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and a dissociative disorder were emerging, I began journaling. To keep from drowning in my emotions, I wrote about my extreme feelings of joy, anger, and…

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Writing To Cope As A Highly Sensitive Person

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As a highly sensitive person, I’ve been told since I was a child that I think too much and I’m too sensitive. If I wasn’t playing outside or watching Olsen twins movies with my sister, I was reading. As I got older, I learned that I was not only a highly-sensitive person, but I was…

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Bipolar Barbie: Let’s Stop Bipolar Disorder Stigma

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I always wanted to change the world. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that I found a cause to devote my life to. The more I struggled and the more I faced the ignorance of bipolar disorder stigma, the more passionate I became. I got sick of people belittling my struggle. I…

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Bipolar Writers: 6 Tips To Finish Writing Projects

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Like many bipolar writers (and neurotypical writers), my writing life has been filled with doubt and indecision. I had my own set of rules that constituted what it meant to be a “real” writer. Even after being published in anthologies and starting my freelance writing career, I felt like a fraud, mentally keeping a list…

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What To Do When When No One Understands Your Mental Illness

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One thing every single person who has experienced mental health issues can agree on is the loneliness. From depression and anxiety to the more stigmatized disorders on the psychotic spectrum, our symptoms cut us off from others, especially neurotypicals. Neurotypicals have simply never experienced life through our eyes, so they usually have a hard time…

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The App That Reminds Me I’m Not Alone

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I was diagnosed with a mental illness eight years ago. Asking for help has gotten easier, but I still dislike it. Whether I need a ride or a few extra bucks, I resent it. Ever since my diagnosis, my life has been filled with prescription medications and doctor appointments. Coping with the mood swings of…

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Next Steps After A Mental Illness Diagnosis

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The act of sitting in a psychiatrist’s office is terrifying in and of itself. Receiving a mental illness diagnosis just makes it worse. What am I doing here? You might think. How did I get here? Admitting that you are struggling is only the first step. Once you get the courage to speak up (and please…

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20 Tips For Dealing With Winter Blues

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Winter blues is defined by “a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness associated with experiencing the cold and darkness of winter.” [1] While the most known cause for winter blues is lack of daylight, there can be other factors that might be making you feel depressed. The lack of sunlight might not even be the main cause. The article Surprising Causes of Winter Depression lists the…

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What Hypomania Feels Like

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All at once, the hypomania is here, her nails digging into my shoulder. First, my energy spikes. I’m excited and hopeful, but I’m irritable and angry at the same time. My head is flooded with ideas. I’m on my soapbox telling joke after joke or monologuing about a theory I have (which is likely delusional),…

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