If you or someone close to you has bipolar disorder, it’s important to know you’re not alone. The creators behind these blogs know what it’s like to live and love with bipolar, and they want you to feel empowered and have that community, too.
Whether you’re looking for resources after a diagnosis, actionable tips for managing on a daily basis, or personal stories, you’ll find a space for yourself in these blogs.
Bipolar Beat is written by Candida Fink, a psychiatrist who specializes in children and adolescents, and by freelance author Joe Kraynak, whose wife lives with bipolar disorder. From Fink, you can get expert advice on issues like sleep, parenting, medication, and treatment options. Kraynak writes about his and his wife’s personal experiences, and occasionally interviews bipolar experts.
This award-winning blog is written by many bloggers from around the world who share their perspectives on living with bipolar disorder. Writers guide you through topics like staying hopeful with bipolar disorder, managing a mental health crisis, and how to make asking for help easier.
Julie A. Fast is the author of several books about life with bipolar disorder and she’s also a regular columnist and blogger for BP Magazine for Bipolar. She works as a coach for parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder and other mental health concerns. On her blog, she writes about how to best manage bipolar disorder, with actionable and positive ways to keep going, tips for healthcare professionals, and what to do if you’ve just been diagnosed.
Imagine living with bipolar disorder for roughly 25 years without knowing it. That’s what prompted Deborah to start her blog. She writes about hospital stays, traveling, and the portrayal of mental illness in media and entertainment. She’s covered everything from gratitude, to college, to what it means to have a purpose in life.
The International Bipolar Foundation has created a powerful resource for people living with bipolar disorder. On the blog, you can read about things like life after psychosis, perfectionism, peer support, and managing school with depression or mania. There’s also a forum where people can share their own stories.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a peer-run organization for people living with mood disorders. You can find a wide variety of information and resources on bipolar disorder and depression, as well as a section featuring personal stories from people who live with bipolar.
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker — and an expert on living with bipolar disorder. She also wrote a book about her life with bipolar. On her blog, Bipolar Burble, she shares evidence-based information about what it’s like to manage bipolar, covering topics like working with bipolar disorder, radical self-care, and how to tell someone you have bipolar.
Hannah Blum, writer and mental health advocate, started Halfway 2 Hannah in 2016 to open up about her journey living with bipolar disorder. She writes on her blog to empower others who have bipolar disorder and mental health challenges, so they can feel less alone and find beauty in what makes them different. Hannah writes about talking about trauma, how to help your partner with their mental health, and creative alternatives to self-harm.
Kitt O’Malley calls herself a mental health advocate, wife, and “mother who neglects housework to write.” Her blog is all about loving, learning, and living with bipolar disorder — from everyday actionable tips people can use to manage their condition, to parenting, poetry, and creative writing.
“I needed a hero, so a hero I became.” That’s what inspired Bipolar Barbie, a blog about living with — and advocating for more awareness of — mental illness. You can browse topics like myths about anxiety disorders, symptoms of borderline personality disorder, and talking openly about mental health. Bipolar Barbie also shares candid videos on Instagram and vlogs on YouTube.
Prompt for first creative writing class: RAINSTORM
The torrential rain kept her awake. She couldn’t sleep. Wasn’t rain supposed to be relaxing? What was it that disturbed her? Why could she not sleep? The rain didn’t lull her, it irritated her. Reminded her that all was not well. The hills may slide. The mud carrying all away. But she was safe. Wasn’t she?
Was it anxiety? Was it caffeine? Was it simply the din amplified by hypomania? Yes, when in this state any noise irritated her. What the hell did she think she was doing this week? Starting to rewrite her book, take a creative writing class, and work out with a personal trainer on the same week her son began college.
He wasn’t away for college. Oh, no. He was attending the local community college and didn’t yet drive. So, on top of everything else, she remained his chauffeur. Fuck. He was getting better. He was more independent than before, but he still relied on her to drive him to classes and to doctors’ appointments. He still didn’t prepare his own breakfast and lunch. He’d just eat a protein bar and banana. At six feet tall and 125 pounds, he needed to eat more.
Caring for him, worrying about him, wore on her. She had hoped that he’d be eating more by now, that he’d make a sandwich or eat a bowl of cereal. She had hoped that he’d feel ready to take his DMV written test, so he could learn to drive.
Though, really, the time that they spent in the car was their special time. Often he wore his headset and cut her off from him. But, there were times when they talked, when they laughed, when he shared his thoughts with her
Back to the storm. Crap transition, but the rainstorm felt like her life. Stormy, but cleansing.
So, I pulled my book, Blogging for Bipolar Mental Health, from the market. Shortly after I self-published it, my father died unexpectedly. Didn’t do adequate marketing because I was and still am in mourning.
Hate the original title, which sounds like a self-help book and is way too dry. Yes, I have bipolar and I blog. But, my bipolar diagnosis is not all I write about and my diagnosis is not the only reason I write. I’m a writer. There, I said it. Rather, I wrote it.
The previously self-published book contained four years of blog posts, dating from September 2013 when I started writing this blog to its five-year anniversary September 2017. I debated adding more content to it, bringing it up to the present. But, I’m too overwhelmed right now to do so.