Social Media Entrepreneur and Advocate Hannah Blum Publishes New Book

UPDATE: I interviewed Hannah Blum for this blog in 2018. I’m delighted to say her new book The Truth about Broken: the Unfixed Version of Self-Love is for sale on Amazon. A combination of memoir and the quotes and poetry that went viral on her Instagram account, Blum’s writing is raw and beautiful. She doesContinue reading “Social Media Entrepreneur and Advocate Hannah Blum Publishes New Book”

Bipolar and Impulsivity: A Dangerous Symptom No one likes to Talk about

In college, I once sent an inappropriate and scary chain letter email to my ex-roommate, a girl who had gotten Residence Life to give her a restraining order against me. I also used to blurt out hurtful things to other students, spend too much money on things I didn’t need, and drink too much. LaterContinue reading “Bipolar and Impulsivity: A Dangerous Symptom No one likes to Talk about”

My Depression & My Mania, poems I wrote

My Depression is a tsunami triggered by my mania sweeping away positive people, opportunities, hope, my self-worth, self-love, every shred of self-esteem. It is a cliche and an original, a tornado funnel cloud showering voices, hallucinations, self-doubt; anxiety is like a shaking earthquake. My Depression thrives on hospitals, pills, electroshock. Suicide attempts feed its overwhelmingContinue reading “My Depression & My Mania, poems I wrote”

Is it Bipolar Or Is it Me? A Guest Blog from Carrie Cantwell

photos courtesy of Carrie Cantwell Be yourself. That’s a pretty universal piece of advice. Whether you’re applying for a job or going on a first date, it’s something we’ve all heard at one time or another. When everyone can see the real you, the relationships you build are authentic. But because I have bipolar disorder,Continue reading “Is it Bipolar Or Is it Me? A Guest Blog from Carrie Cantwell”

New Book about Dual-Diagnosis Rocking Shelves Next Year by Music and Pop Culture Journalist

From Chicago native Conor Bezane’s Instagram page, one can see the mark of an experienced music and pop culture journalist. I found Bezane through his writing on the International Bipolar Foundation’s blog and was impressed by the breadth and depth of what he’s covered not only in pop culture but on other subjects including mentalContinue reading “New Book about Dual-Diagnosis Rocking Shelves Next Year by Music and Pop Culture Journalist”

Connecticut Mental Health Advocate Karen Kangas Shares Her Story to Help Others Seek Treatment

Karen Kangas, director of recovery and family affairs at Hartford Healthcare, used to work as a principal of a school. That is before she was hospitalized for a manic episode and the doctor in the hospital said she would never work again. Her school superintendant came to see her and told her she would beContinue reading “Connecticut Mental Health Advocate Karen Kangas Shares Her Story to Help Others Seek Treatment”

Fitness Builds Self-Confidence and Adds to Mental Health

John Zvonek has been in mental health recovery for 12 years since he was age 25. “I had to find healthy habits,” he said. “I had to take my recovery seriously that meant no drinking, drugs and be as healthy as I could possibly be.” He gained 80 pounds in one month because of hisContinue reading “Fitness Builds Self-Confidence and Adds to Mental Health”