bipolar disorder

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I Take So Many Psych Meds, I Don't Even Know Who I Am Anymore

I am tired of taking medication. I am tired of relying on the manufactured versions of the chemicals and hormones my body could — should? — make for Read...
Joni Edelman    |   03.6.17   |   SHARE
Beyond Before & After
"I eventually wrap it around my index finger, count to three, and pull."

My IUD Made Me Crazy, So I Pulled It Out Myself

At this point, the only thing this stupid IUDemon has going for it is the amenorrhea — which is NOT enough. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   02.16.17   |   SHARE
Bodies

Why Am I Keeping All Of This Sh*t? A Case For Decluttering

A couple of years ago I asked my therapist if she thought my inability to separate things and the memories associated with those things was some kind Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   01.8.17   |   SHARE
I am still ashamed. But despite that, or in spite of that, my life is beautiful.

Can I Blame My Mental Illness For My Lousy Behavior?

I wish I could say that every mistake I’ve made, every lousy decision, is all a manifestation of my faulty brain chemistry and mental illness. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   01.5.17   |   SHARE
Minds
The upside of some serious lows... (Image Credit: Unsplash)

Can I Be Thankful For My Mental Illness?

t interests me that I can immediately think of the gifts of anxiety, panic, and even my spurts of agoraphobia. Being tense in body and mind, living Read...
Elis de Guerre    |   11.3.16   |   SHARE
Minds
I was always scared, as much as I didn’t want to be my mother, I was.

Can I Be Bipolar And A Good Parent?

In early adulthood, the bipolar disorder that was my genetic destiny was pushed around — shuffled from doctor to doctor, city to city, misdiagnosis Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   10.5.16   |   SHARE
FamiliesMindsVoices
When you’re living with roommates, almost all of the house is “communal space” in which you sort of have to be ready to interact with someone at any time. Image: Thinkstock.

5 Ways To Manage Your Mental Illness When You Live With Friends

My roommates [...] weren't aware that I live with bipolar disorder until a few weeks after I first moved in. In the month or so since, I’ve learned a Read...
Matt Joseph Diaz    |   08.12.16   |   SHARE
Minds
Human lives are at stake when your colleagues abuse their power... Image: Thinkstock.

An Open Letter To Police From A White Mother Of Mixed-Race Sons

I always believed that police used lethal violence to control citizens only as a last resort. Now it’s clear that they are jumping to it without fear Read...
Ann Roselle    |   07.13.16   |   SHARE
Voices