SunriseThanks to Dr. John Grohol, I started Her Bipolar Life on January 17, 2013.

It has been a fantastic first year for HBL—a faithful fan following and great dialogue every month. This blog has also allowed me to work through the challenges and learning experiences of 2013, while simultaneously connecting with and helping others.

My goals for 2014 are to reach more readers, discuss more important topics, and continue to provide a meaningful blog for fans.

In reflection, and great hopes for the New Year, here are my top-five blog posts for 2014:

Explaining Bipolar in 20 Seconds—February 2013

This article begins with a question—“How would you explain bipolar to someone in 20 seconds?”

This year, I discussed the inevitable occurrence of bipolar disorder coming up in conversation with family and friends.

I talk about hiding my illness, finding difficulty in expressing bipolar appropriately, and the anxiety of having others know about my chronic disorder.

Bipolar Disorder in Women: Hormones, Pregnancy, and Medication—March 2013

My blog centers around women with bipolar disorder. Hormones and the menstrual cycle are directly affected by bipolar disorder, and create interesting challenges and outcomes throughout a woman’s life.

Women’s health posts have been very popular this year, and I will continue to discuss them in 2014.

I Was Diagnosed with Bipolar—Now What?—May 2013

Diagnosis can occur at any age, and it is a difficult life issue, regardless of timing.

Mental health diagnosis is happening earlier and more frequently these days, especially among young people.

This article is for anyone who is experiencing a new diagnosis, and contains information, resources, popular questions, and what to do next.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines: Saving Lives—July 2013

The advance of technology has created important resources for suicidal people.

In this article, I discuss the difficulty to express and reach out during severe depression. I also discuss hotlines such as 1-800-273-TALK, resource lines manned by professionals. It worked for me and may work for you in your time of need. It may also be a great resource for a loved one. Check this article out.

Bipolar Disorder, Irritability, and Anger—November 2013

Anger is an often-overlooked part of bipolar disorder. Many readers identified with this article, as anger can have negative consequences that are often unintended.

Happy New Year!

I hope you get to check these articles out, and look for more inspiring articles in 2014.

Drop me a line on the comments or on Twitter @KatGalaxy to let me know what you want to see in the blog this year.

Thank you, again, to all of you who have read the blog in 2013, and here’s to 365 more days of hope, stigma fighting, and support for women and people with bipolar disorder everywhere!

-KAT 

 

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APA Reference
Dawkins, K. (2014). Her Bipolar Life’s First Year: Reflection and Hope for 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 26, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-life/2014/01/new-year-2014/

 

 
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