Want to be a Guest Blogger?

Here is the You’re Just Like Me Q&A! I hope you will join me to tell our story, through our own voices about mental illness and help each other. Fill it out for yourself, or pass it along to a friend in need. You can even stay anonymous! These post every Friday here on the B.U.L. Blog! Email the below questions to bipolarunemployedlost@gmail.com .

So, you have a Mental Illness?…Which One?

When you were diagnosed, what age where you? Where were you in your life?

How do you cope/relax from your mental illness?

What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?

If you could talk to world leaders about mental illness, what would be the one thing you discuss?

What is some advice you would give someone who is fighting mental illness?

How can we keep in touch with you? (blog, Facebook, Twitter

12 thoughts on “Want to be a Guest Blogger?

  1. Diagnosis: Bipolar I, PTSD-more manic episodes that require hospitalization,, always knew something was wrong but when I was found wandering in streets of Honolulu at age 35, finally diagnosed, I was a flight attendant for many years and am now disabled and miserable, awful healthcare, trial and error with meds, I do have a college degree and want to work but am afraid of seeming crazy-I spend a lot of time alone with my cat and boyfriend who is a saint – currently on upswing of manic 2-3 hrs of sleep a night-boyfriend threatening hospital-I just don’t think I can go there again-I mean they tend to just shoot you up with Haldol-it is pretty terrifying-pretty dark ages… thinking maybe med free is the way to go again…

    • MAN!! I totally understand you! Please please do my You’re Just Like Me, which is on my blog! I would love to feature your story.

      Here are the questions. Email them to me or just comment with them below!

      So, you have a Mental Illness?…Which One?

      When you were diagnosed, what age where you? Where were you in your life?

      How do you cope/relax from your mental illness?

      What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?

      If you could talk to world leaders about mental illness, what would be the one thing you discuss?

      What is some advice you would give someone who is fighting mental illness?

      How can we keep in touch with you? (blog, Facebook, Twitter

  2. Which One: major depression at 25 (a long time ago).
    Cope, Relax: back then it was prescription medication, now I prayer.
    What are 3 words : Isolated, reclusive, marginal
    Talk to world leaders: Basic Human rights of all individuals and the pitfalls of a predatory, capitalist medical system.
    Some advice: I’d offer a silent prayer.
    How can we keep in touch with you: You can not.

  3. So, you have a Mental Illness?…Which One?
    Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) with secondary diagnoses of borderline personality (BPD) and obsessive personality disorders (OPD)

    When you were diagnosed, what age where you? Where were you in your life?
    Diagnosed with MDD at 21 by GP. I was in my last year of undergrad. Found out the BPD and OPD diagnoses a few months ago by going through the chart my psychiatrist keeps on me. I don’t know why he didn’t tell me. Right now, 29 and halfway through my Ph.D.

    How do you cope/relax from your mental illness?
    Blogging, drawing, journaling, medicating, sleeping and totally freaking out.

    What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?
    inadequate, exhausted, hopeless

    If you could talk to world leaders about mental illness, what would be the one thing you discuss?
    Funding and availability of mental health services. Wait times to get help are too long and when you finally do get help, you are cut off after a certain point whether you are better or not. Paying for weekly private care is too expensive. It’s not realistic for those with chronic, treatment-resistant mental illnesses that require a lifetime of care.

    What is some advice you would give someone who is fighting mental illness?
    Talk about it. People will be less shocked and understand it better the more we talk about it.

    How can we keep in touch with you? (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
    Blog: http://somberscribbler.wordpress.com/
    Twitter: @SomberScribbler

  4. So, you have a Mental Illness?…Which One?
    Not yet officially diagnosed, but PTSD

    When you were diagnosed, what age where you? Where were you in your life?
    I’m 40 years old, married with no children, unemployed and struggling.

    How do you cope/relax from your mental illness?
    Still learning but currently I do a lot of writing and try to find small things to do.

    What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?
    Alone, scared and worthless

    If you could talk to world leaders about mental illness, what would be the one thing you discuss?
    Stigmatism and how to defeat it.

    What is some advice you would give someone who is fighting mental illness?
    Don’t give up? Keep trying?

    How can we keep in touch with you? (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
    I blog at MyEvolvingHeartBlog.wordpress.com
    and maintain a facebook page at facebook.com/MyEvolvingHeart

  5. Bipolar Disorder Type II
    Diagnosed Major Depression (suicidal) at 18 at UCLA.
    Diagnosed Bipolar at 39 as a breastfeeding mother of a toddler. Had to wean him b/c prescribed Depakote.
    Cope/Relax: Take meds, blog, read, watch TV, go to group therapy.
    Description: Past: failure. Now: original. Both: mystic (many mystics, writers and poets have bipolar).
    My Cause: Need to reduce stigma and improve treatment options: inpatient and outpatient, psychiatric, psychotherapeutic, and peer support resources.
    Advice: You are not alone. Get help. Mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are physical illnesses, and just like any other illness must be treated medically. Get emotional support, as well, through psychotherapy and peer support.
    Me: kittomalley.com & http://twitter.com/KittOMalley

  6. I have so far evaded diagnosis! I have always had “too much energy” (according to some) but I refuse to be labelled, it’s all semantics as far as I’m concerned. At times if I get very tired and can’t sleep I have to submit to chemical intervention, but with time I find better ways to manage this aspect of my “mental illness” on my own.

Rant on, my friends!

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