This is a blog about living with bipolar disorder. I would like to focus on my life as an example of someone living with predominantly bipolar disorder, featuring both depression and mania, but also including the topics of OCD and anxiety disorder. I see this blog as a mix of personal anecdotes as well as my thoughts on things in mental health news.

About Elaina J. Martin

Elaina J. Martin lives and thrives with bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorder. She is better now, better than before. Today she has hope.

In a former life she was a fashionista who styled celebrities and models, worked on New York Fashion Week shows, and had a fashion radio spot and television gig. She has been published in half a dozen magazines including Jane, Women’s Wear Daily, Budget Living, Brilliant, Tribeza, RARE, WILMA, and both the StyleShaker and Zimbio websites. She has been an editor for two magazines and for a website.

All that changed in October of 2008 when, after a suicide attempt, she was diagnosed with bipolar I. Today she is an advocate for mental health. She wants to stomp out stigma. She is a Member-at-Large of the Consumer Advisory Council for the International Bipolar Foundation. In 2013 she was interviewed for an article in Bp, Bipolar magazine. She has just finished a memoir chronicling a life lived with mental illness and is currently seeking an agent.

Elaina wants to share her experience, the same experiences of many of the mentally ill, so that you won’t feel so alone in your own battle.

You can expect something new from her twice a week, sometimes more often.

You can follow her on Twitter @ElainaJBipolar.

Her personal blog can be viewed at www.elainaj.co

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