Being young and female can be pretty tough. Add bipolar to the mix, and you’re in for an interesting ride.
This is the chronicling of Kat, and all young bipolar women, navigating through life a little more creatively than most of the female population. It makes us stronger, it makes us more interesting, it makes us who we are.
How, as bipolar women, do we blend the inevitable difficulties of our symptoms with the necessary demands of life—work, education, dating and marriage, relationships, children, self-care, body image? We will explore these issues and then some.
Kat Dawkins is an English–Creative Writing BA and a member of the bipolar community. She was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in 2008. Since then, she has had many dark moments, but has also made great strides in her treatment and knowledge of the condition. Having these experiences, she wants to continue to give back to the mental health community through writing.
Kat has been writing since she was a child. She has written for a post rock music site, several sports websites, companies, non-profits, and more. She has also led several writing camps and programs, teaching populations like at-risk youth, elementary students in poverty, and seniors with Alzheimer’s.
When she’s not writing, Kat likes reading, astronomy, traveling, meditating, and relaxing at home with her husband and three cats. She enjoys punk rock music and humor, and desires to make an impact on the mental health community and society at large.