Bipolar Disorder

I am not the illness – the illness is in me #WorldBipolarDay

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic-depression, is a condition in which one swings between extreme highs and lows. It is an illness that consists of both euphoria and debilitating spouts of depression that can make day to day life impossible to manage. The moods are considered outside of the norm. But what is the…

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The Weather Is Not Bipolar

(Trigger Warning: discussion of means around suicidal thoughts/attempts) I sit here on National Day Without Stigma, gazing out the window while on the road. I’ve heard the words, “the weather is so bipolar” over and over and over again. I’ll usually smile or laugh along but deep down, my mind is elsewhere. I know stigmatizing…

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On This World Bipolar Day

On this World Bipolar Day, I want to make space for revolutions. I especially want to make space for those revolutions that happen within and the revolutions that challenge patriarchs by creating space for individuals to embrace their beautiful bodies and identities. Why make space for this on World Bipolar Day? Well, this is my…

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A Tale of Two Leaves

This post was written by Mark Farley, Former Active Minds Intern and current Graduate Student at Emory University. “The only mistake you can make is not asking for help.” – Sandeep Jauhar When I began college, I thought it would only be four years. Society tells you four years, so naturally, I thought that was…

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My Life with Bipolar Disorder and Journey to Recovery

Sarah Berendt is currently studying social work at Lourdes University in Sylvania, OH. She is founder and president of Active Minds at Lourdes University and a member of the Student Advisory Committee. It was the second time ever that I was sitting across from a therapist; I was lost, confused, and terrified. She handed me…

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