“I grew up believing fear and tears were unmanly…”

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Today’s letter is by Gabe Howard, an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. Hello Friends, The only time I ever saw my father cry was at my grandfather’s funeral. I don’t remember ever seeing him scared. I grew up believing fear and tears were unmanly. When I was in a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was terrified. I didn’t understand what was happening, nor how to explain it to my family. My […]

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To all mums out there

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To the mamas too depressed to get out of bed today, we see you. To the mamas fighting the guilt that comes with suicidal thoughts, we hear you. To the people not celebrating Mother’s Day because it’s just too damn hard, we’ve got you. To all the fabulous women who lift others up even when they’re feeling down, we hope you know how much you matter. Today, we hope you’re able to let go of expectations and do whatever’s best […]

The Early, ‘Hurtful’ Sign of My Bipolar Disorder

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I remember screaming at the top of my lungs until my throat hurt. I remember having argument after argument with my parents. I remember being told I should be a lawyer because I loved to argue. I even remember throwing chairs once! But, I also remember going to my room, sobbing, not knowing why I was yelling in the first place. I didn’t like to scream and argue, but the anger flowed through my veins with such force and it […]

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Bipolar Causes and Triggers

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Bipolar Causes and Triggers Bipolar disorder has no single cause. It appears that certain people are genetically predisposed to bipolar disorder, yet not everyone with an inherited vulnerability develops the illness, indicating that genes are not the only cause. Some brain imaging studies show physical changes in the brains of people with bipolar disorder. Other research points to neurotransmitter imbalances, abnormal thyroid function, circadian rhythm disturbances, and high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.