Redefining Bipolar is a community organization and conversation about bipolar disorder. All activity provided by author, Natasha. She says "I rarely saw myself — my story — in the research I read about bipolar disorder. I wanted that evidence that supported my recovery, but I wanted it to reflect my humanity too. Thus, Redefining Bipolar was born."
To be short and sweet: I’m closing the chapter in my life that is Redefining Bipolar. But don’t panic. For me this means I’m moving toward a redefined Redefining Bipolar. The person who started this blog and the person I am now are two very different people. After many months of not understanding why I couldn’t write, […]
For the last three months I’ve struggled to open my dashboard and start writing a post for this blog. In August, I was immensely depressed to the point of suicide. In September I was ecstatic, but quickly fell into the grasp of stress and reality. Now it’s the middle of October and I have to […]
I feel like I’m fighting myself. And how could it be otherwise? Depression is a condition beyond my control, and yet it is part of who I am. It doesn’t define me, but it still is me. Even after a decade, this kind of pain still feels like a fresh cut. It’s the feeling of being […]
Something I’ve struggled with for most of my life, like many others, has been my (mostly negative) relationship with how my body looks. When it comes to body image and taking medication, this can make matters worse. Some medications to treat mental health conditions cause weight gain — sometimes dramatically so. Sometimes that has made […]
In helping people who self-harm through peer support, I’ve listened to a variety of perspectives of one particular type of self-harm: Skin tissue injury. Typically, people think of this as cutting, but it’s more than that; it can be picking at the skin, plucking hairs, scratching, hitting body parts against hard surfaces, and other methods […]
It’s been about three years since the inception of “Redefining Bipolar” and everything that coincided with the creation of this website. I’ve done many speaking engagements, a lot of questioning and answering, and generally being out and about as someone who lives with mental illness. So over the past few years, there are some common […]
Trigger warning for suicide, sexual assault, bullying, and spoilers galore. One thing I also want to begin with is that it’s taken me over a month to write this article, as I was patiently waiting for others to respond to this show and observe how everyone has been reacting. There has been a great amount […]
So at some point this week I’ll get around to describing my full journey in Washington, DC, at the International Society for Bipolar Disorders conference. You can look to my social media outputs for glimpses at that. But I did want to share my presentation that I did in its entirety. It’s almost verbatim because […]
Sleep is important for everyone, no matter your mental health experiences. It’s especially important for people who have bipolar. It’s somewhat common knowledge for us folk who do have it that getting an average, healthy night’s sleep is stabilizing. When some people don’t sleep enough (or at all), this can be a sign of an upcoming/existing […]
In 2015, I created a series of illustrations to demonstrate how knowledge translation can work in bipolar disorder. This uses the dual-role model; I am both a research participant and a researcher. Watch the video to hear my commentary a year and half later after creating this project. Enjoy!