about me.

I am a 27 30 (whoa) year old social worker living in Brooklyn, NY.  I live with Bipolar Spectrum Disorder (Bipolar I, most recent episode manic if you’re checking the DSM-IV-TR), and I also work with adults with this and other SMIs [severe mental illnesses].  I know that those of us living with “bipolar,” as it’s known, tend to withdraw, oscillating between feeling crazy or ecstatic or alone or worthless.  So here is my forum for not-withdrawing when I want to, and giving you a place to visit when you’re feeling the same way.

For those just-diagnosed: it gets better.

For those of you living in recovery: share your stories with us.

And for those of you here because you love someone with Bipolar….thank you.  Thank you for loving us, and not giving up on us, and reminding us that there is a level ground on which we can land, no matter in which direction we have flown.

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15 thoughts on “about me.

  1. michellebloom says:

    i love your blog, little snippets from all of us who understand, than you.

    • bipolar one, real life two. says:

      thank you so much. yours is awesome and accurate and honest and real. so thank you.

  2. clownonfire says:

    I am so very happy to have found your blog. I live with a beautiful and extremely talented woman who happens to live herself with bipolar type II. Like someone wrote this morning on my latest post, it’s just a side order of who she is.

    Looking forward to reading more from you.

    • bipolar one, real life two. says:

      That’s exactly right! Any form of bipolar, at first, can seem to define a person completely – indeed it is overwhelming for everyone it touches. But there is a meaningful and “normal” life to be found after a diagnosis, and I am so glad your partner has someone to love her through all of it. Thank you for commenting, and I look forward to reading your side of everything as well!

  3. saradraws says:

    I think your tagline is hysterical…not old-timey freudian hysterical…funny hysterical.
    And clownonfire exaggerates. I’m not that talented.

    • bipolar one, real life two. says:

      Haha, I figured anyone with any bipolar would understand :) And I’m sure you’re brilliant!

  4. michellebloom says:

    i have nominated you for the versatile blogger award, if you wish to participate you can click here http://bluelilystorm.wordpress.com/885-2/ thank you for the wonderful manic snippets. i love this blog!

    • bipolar one, real life two. says:

      Thank you so much!!! Seriously, this means the world to me. I love your blog, too, and you definitely deserved the awards you received. I’m so glad we share this space called wordpress :)

  5. strugglingwithbipolar says:

    I just came across your blog after you found mine! :) I have to say that living with bipolar disorder is a challenge and I think it’s wonderful to have this outlet to share experiences.

  6. myfunhap says:

    Hi,
    impressive how you realize to “watch” yourself. I am an MD and a Buddhist and I can tell you; someone without a diagnosed disorder is someone not examined well enough ;-).

    Talking about looking at yourself; have you tried to look further than your outer layer? The outer layer is the layer with thoughts emotions and “dis”orders. With meditation you may manage to look further without trying to look through the outer layer, you may be able to look at what is there by getting behind the layer and leaving the layer “behind” you. So you would have to turn around to see that layer again, but then from the other side, you would be looking at all your emotions and “dis”orders “in the back”. Looking at this may create some strong structural supports for you.
    – it may show you that your outer layer is nothing else but a mortal fragile contruction also trying to survive and mimicking to be you true self
    – it may show you that you have a more solid – and even immortal- structure behind it

    Have you tried to be “nice” to your disorder? It is called loving kindness in Buddhism and it gives you again a lot of support in dealing with it. Say (and mean) to your disorder: may you be happy, may you be well.

    And most of all; say this to yourself, because there is no one in the world who deserves YOUR unconditional love soo much than YOU.

    May you be happy, may you be well

    Francois.

  7. I see you work as a social worker, and we need people with education in social sciences to be guest-authors at our blog. Would you be interested to share some of your posts there? Let us know if we can contribute here in any way:)

    if you have questions our email is ´: forfreepsychology@gmail.com

  8. fishrobber69 says:

    Just discovered your blog, and I like it. I’m bipolar also, well-medicated, and wondering if it will ever get better. Good luck, and keep writing!

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