The Price of Silence

One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans— experience a mental health disorder in a given year.  –NAMI How many times have I heard someone call a person with bipolar disorder (or any mental illness) a slur and not said anything?  I just didn’t have the energy for the conversation. A friend and I were watchingContinue reading “The Price of Silence”

“I am Bipolar” vs. “I have Bipolar Disorder”—Not Just Semantics.

It happened several years ago.  I was working through some difficulties with my medication.  It became an issue at work.  I had to miss almost two weeks of work.  Finally, I told my boss and she was understanding.   And so it went.  I started to tell people about my illness. One day, I was outContinue reading ““I am Bipolar” vs. “I have Bipolar Disorder”—Not Just Semantics.”

Homeland: A Real, Raw Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

Spoiler alert… It is clear that the writers of Homeland have done their research.  Claire Danes plays Carrie who is at the same time brilliant and troubled.  Carrie is a CIA analyst trying to uncover a American POW who has been turned.  Her theories stretch the boundaries between what is considered plausible and a realContinue reading “Homeland: A Real, Raw Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder”