What are some symptoms of Bipolar Depression? This question was recently explained briefly via the WEGO Health video featured on their sharing hub.  One of the Goals of the video was to define Bipolar Depression and how it differs from other forms of depression.

Chato Stewart Mental Health ActivistIt was an honor to be in the to be part of the WEGO Health “Community Education” Video with Jules Shapiro and Lauren Kocher.  Getting to learn about both of these strong, empowering peers and fellow Mental Health Advocates was delightful.

The video was done remotely, via webcams. It is very obvious since we are all in different locations.  Jules in what seems to be a nice office and Lauren with a beautiful, woodsy backdrop, and me, Chato Stewart, with my awesomely basic gray background -Ya, I’m so original!

You can see the video here.

Bipolar Depression LIST

Bipolar Depression

*Too little sleep or too much sleep
* Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
* Loss or increase in appetite
* Lack of interest in usual activities
* Loss of energy
* Thoughts of death or suicide

Images used with Permission by WEGo Health

Meet my Fellow Video Peer:

Jules Shapiro: Is the founder of the “Chronically Awesome foundation is a philanthropic organization whose mission it is to cultivate and support the Chronically Awesome Community through artistic programs including but not limited to blogging, photography, painting, and crafting; as well as to provide support programs both in a group or peer-to-peer settings.”

Lauren Kocher:   Diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 16 years old. Through many years of struggling to find a diagnosis, she found she was not defined by her diagnosis.   Many of us can relate, what I related to most is how she “started to begin to live my life how I wanted it to be seen.”

Lauren has two boys, and chronicled her journey via her blog but mostly now via the facebook page The Bipolar MaMa.  We have in common is how we got into our mental health advocacy.  True, my work is mostly with Mental Health humor cartoons. We both started out doing advocacy as a way to help yourself cope first, and it grew from there. Notice what Lauren says about it; “What has started as a way to cope has blossomed into a fight to change the view of the world.”  Now her goal is to “one day help bring down… stigma.”

That is when she is not bringing down her opponents in the rink for the Northern Allegheny Roller! Go get-em Jersey turnpike #0109!!

Quick Note about the Video

The video from WEGO Health sponsored pharmaceutical site Sunovion Pharmaceuticals that makes LATUDA.  I was not paid or received any compensation for being part of the video.

Still not sure why?