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Somewhere, Tennessee
The bipolar disorder diagnosis at the age of 23 was a relief to know I was not simply a bad person... Full Bio
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The bipolar disorder diagnosis at the age of 23 was a relief to know I was not simply a bad person and there was a reason for the way I have felt. Yet I have been struggling to cope and understand this disorder... what does it mean? How do the brain imbalances affect my behavior and moods? Why do I rapid cycle? Why do I get obsessive thoughts? Is there a link between mania and memory? Is there a link between craving sensation (i.e. over eating or pulling hair) and being manic? My mission has been to find answers to these questions and make that information available in one easy to access place. The blog also shares my experiences with episodes (in the form of journals) and I hope my raw emotion as I go through episodes will help others no longer feel alone (or as much alone :) Hopefully in reading the journal entries family and friends of someone with bipolar will have a deeper insight into what this disorder is like for their loved ones. As such, I have begun a blog which covered my personal journals as well as research articles I find that are relevant to certain bipolar symptoms and then I draw the connection between the physiological abnormality and the symptom is manifests as. My purest goal is to help other people, somehow, someway. I have received so much positive feedback from people across the globe; I want to keep reaching out. If you find my blog helpful in any way, please pass it around to other people you may think are interested. If there is any other content you would like to see on the blog, or other links you would like me to add, please do not hesitate to send me an email!!!