The Best Bipolar Health Blogs of 2013
These brave and creative bloggers have built a helpful online community for bipolar individuals and their loved ones.
12 Best Bipolar Blogs of 2013
Bipolar disorder, also sometimes called manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy levels, and ability to function. Both men and women can develop bipolar disorder. At least 50 percent of all cases of the condition arise before age 25, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
If believe that you or a loved one may have bipolar disorder, it’s important to talk to a doctor to confirm a diagnosis.
The Bipolar Burble
Natasha Tracy is author and host of The Bipolar Burble. An award-winning writer and self-described “professional crazy person,” Tracy was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
Alternating between informal rants and reports on mental illness research, The Bipolar Burble keeps readers on their toes. Tracy notes that the blog isn’t appropriate for minors and may contain graphic, disturbing, or sexual content.
My Crazy Bipolar Life
My Crazy Bipolar Life is the brainchild of an anonymous 31-year-old female blogger from Scotland. The blogger was diagnosed with bipolar disorder along with a panoply of other mental health problems. She created the site initially to help herself deal with her own mood swings. Later, she realized that her posts connect her to others who can relate to the difficulties that happen between diagnosis and the long road to recovery.
Enduring Bipolar Disorder
Enduring Bipolar Disorder is a smart blog written in a clean, accessible, honest style. It blends S.K. Ditta’s autobiographical musings on the bipolar experience with lessons about treatment, relationships, and making decisions.
Enduring Bipolar Disorder makes readers think and inspires them to stay positive about their individual circumstances.
PsychCentral bloggers Candida Fink, MD, and Joe Kraynak provide expert opinions on mental illness in Bipolar Beat. Fink and Kraynak, who are also co-authors of the book, Bipolar Disorder for Dummies, help readers navigate the complexities of the condition.
Fink specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and pediatric bipolar disorder. Kraynak’s expertise comes from his experience as a freelance writer whose wife was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
BP Magazine’s blog, called Bipolar Hope, provides a chorus of comforting voices and a community for people with bipolar disorder. Follow your favorite BP Hope bloggers, many who write weekly posts for the site.
This blog offers hope and harmony for people with bipolar, and will make you feel at home among others who understand what you’re going through.
The Trouble With Spikol
Philadelphia Weekly’s blog about mental health, called The Trouble With Spikol, is a unique and original addition to the blogosphere. Describing its content as “everything and anything related to the issue of mental health,” it strives to be “funny and irreverent and poignant and personal and objectively non-objective.”
Much of the site’s content focuses on current events related to mental illness, whether in the media or in the news.
Bipolar and Me
Written by blogger “KansasSunflower,” Bipolar and Me features posts from “a bipolar girl trying to make sense of the world.” Noting that being bipolar doesn’t define who she is, it just happens to be what she is, this blogger holds nothing back when sharing what it feels like inside her head.
From analyzing family matters to medical mishaps, Bipolar and Me will keep you rooting for this courageous blogger.
Julie A. Fast dishes out “straight talk on managing bipolar disorder” in her blog Bipolar Happens. An expert on mood disorders, Fast is the author of a number of seminal books on the condition, including Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder.
In Bipolar Happens, Fast answers readers’ questions and offers tips for living with and managing bipolar disorder. She also keeps her readers up-to-date on her books, radio interviews, and presentations.
Time to Change
The goal of the London-based Time to Change blog is to end mental health discrimination. According to the site, although mental health problems are extremely common, nearly nine out of 10 people who have a mental illness report that they feel stigmatized.
Funded by the United Kingdom’s Department of Health, Time to Change offers personal stories from the Time to Change organization, their supporters, and guest bloggers.
When Deborah found herself Suddenly Bipolar, the previous two decades of her life became clearer. Blogging about the experience of being diagnosed with a mental illness, Deborah tries to help herself and others find stability and a “new normal.”
The painfully honest posts in Suddenly Bipolar will make you laugh, cry, and wince with recognition if you or a loved one has bipolar disorder.
My Meddling Mind
Blogger Madison suffers from severe clinical anxiety and depression. She started My Meddling Mind because she believes that nothing aids the healing and recovery process better than sharing one’s experience with others.
Madison keeps the experience interactive by posing a question or two for her readers to answer at the end of her posts.
Living with Bipolar Disorder
Elaine Jones has type 1 bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social anxiety disorder. Living with Bipolar Disorder is a record of her personal journey of living with bipolar for more than 20 years.
Featuring a chat forum and Twitter links, Jones is always seeking new information and support from others living with a mental illness.
Solace in Support
According to the NIH, bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million American adults, or 2.6 percent of the population. You can find solace through the words of others with similar symptoms and expert medical advisors.
Don’t suffer alone or in silence—log on and find support through these noteworthy blogs.