Hi. I am Elaina J. I’ve been here in the land of mental illness for a while – close to 7 years with bipolar 1, over 3 years writing this blog. I hope that you will take a look around learn something from my experiences. But I wanted to break it down for those of you just beginning this journey to adaptation of life with a mental illness.

Seeking help will be one of the hardest things to do, that only after admitting you need it. You will probably need medication, be open to the idea and to the idea that it may take a while to find the right cocktail that works for you. For these medications you will need to find a psychiatrist (not a psychologist). Find one who listens to you and doesn’t just dole out pills. Be honest about your side effects. All these things are important in your relationship with your doctor.

You will need a therapist to deal with your “issues.” Because your issues might be a little more extreme than the average Jane – like you may believe you can fly. Or you may deal with horrible depressions so dark you need someone to drive you to your appointments.

You will find it very hard to come out of the “bipolar closet.” A lot of people don’t understand mental illness. There is a lot of stigma surrounding it. Some people you know, even those you have close relationships with, find themselves distancing from you. But some will stay and will love you anyway, like it makes you special.

Being beautifully bipolar is a series of moods – either extremely high or desperately low. There I told you the truth. But you learn coping skills, take medication, exercise, and you manage.

There is so much more to share. Welcome.