Writers With Mental Illness

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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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 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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