How can you marry someone with bipolar?” he retorted. “My life is complicated. There are a lot of risks.”
“Every relationship is a risk!” I yelled. “Even if I married someone without a mental diagnosis, it could always happen later. There are no guarantees! Mental-health issues happen to anyone, any time. Bipolar doesn’t define you. It’s just a part of the deal. And it’s a deal I want.”
Loving my bipolar husband: Some days it’s terrifying. But there’s no one in the world I trust more
Can you keep a secret? Family memoirs break taboos – and trust. Memoirists who write about divorce, addiction or suicide can start important conversations – and leave families feeling exposed or humiliated. Where do you draw the line?
And while we’re on the subject of memoirs…
“My mothering and writing fell to the wayside for the next seven years as I suffered through seven psychiatric unit hospitalizations, took over 30 medications to no avail, and requested two round of electroconvulsive therapy which I credit with saving my life. I tried my best during those years to be an attentive mother to my young girls, but I was a depressed shadow of my former self most of the time. Despite my guilt for not being the mother I hoped to be during those years, all I can do now is prioritize my hard-won mental health stability and be there for my family as a present and loving parent.” A Successful Working Mother Battles Bi-Polar Disorder
Treating and preventing mental illness through your smartphone
The mood stabiliser drug lithium only works on one third of bipolar patients, new research shows, with scientists concluding that a person’s genetic make-up determines how they respond to the drug.
Plasticity for the proverbial win.
And in the no-shit-Sherlock department…
Depression and obesity common among bipolar patients with exhausted stress system
Can Cannabis Help Treat Bipolar Disorder? Yes And No
Question everything, and add this to your toolbox.
Ask For Evidence – a public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies.
The last few articles in this linkdump are about suicide..
“A few weeks after I graduated, I tried to jump in front of a train”: My bipolar disorder nightmare
Though it’s a local news item, I found the next item interesting on a general/broad level.
Suicide: The One Word We Should Never Avoid. Local mental health professionals and volunteers talk about the need to rid the Jewish community of any stigma connected to mental health.
Oli Jones: ‘My dad killed himself – I just couldn’t do it to my kids too’: Suicidal father, 33, speaks with brutal honesty about depression to encourage more men to talk about their feelings.