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I am available to answer questions of a general nature about bipolar disorder, provide online resources that address bipolar disorder in a more in-depth manner and sources to serve as a starting point for those looking for substantial information on the illness from a healthcare professional approach. I am not a doctor or a psychiatrist, my background is based in personal experience and extensive reading in my own process of understanding my diagnosis. I can also take questions that deal with the social issues surrounding bipolar disorder such as relationships; coping for family, friends, and the patient; marriage, choosing to start a family and related. Answers to questions of a legal nature will provide general information but anyone with a serious legal problem should consult an attorney licensed to practice in their jurisdiction.

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I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type II in 2000; as a SSI beneficiary, have experience and knowledge of the limitations and processes involved with the program; I understand the moods, the feelings, the worries, the doubts, and a lot more that there's not enough room to express - from the personal experiences of being bipolar. I have first-hand experience with the challenges of returning to college following hospitalizations and various combinations of medications that were tried before my doctor and I finally arrived at the most effective medication program for my treatment. My family and I have learned so much about each other in the process of dealing with the highs and lows that followed my diagnosis. I've had relationships with someone who also is bipolar and someone that is not - romantic relationships are no easier on either side! I feel that many of the ideas and beliefs that people have regarding bipolar disorder and those who have the condition promote the continuation of social stigmas associated with mental illness in general, and after learning from others with bipolar disorder, hope to guide others who may be trying to navigate the government health care system,& share information on other possible means of obtaining assistance with the cost of medications and/or mental health services and limited financial assistance programs for meeting basic living expenses for qualified individuals, dealing with problems from or with family & loved ones, co-occurring substance abuse problems, medications and side-effects (and when it feels like nothing will work, or why it's not helping the situation to ask whether or not a patient has taken their 'meds' when they seem hostile or moody to those around them).


I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and will earn my J.D. upon completion of the Spring 2011 term after which I will be preparing to take the multi-state bar exam.

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Relationships with family, friends, and romantically are possible with and for those who have bipolar disorder. One of the most important factors for someone with a mental illness being able to lead a 'normal' life is having a group of people in their life for support, concern, and love. All people need others in their life, and to feel like they are cared about.

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2016-10-05 Is Divorce worse than a bipolar father for kids:

Your sons will still have a father after a divorce (and until his passing). But he will have to shoulder more of the effort to maintain a regular presence in their lives should you end the marriage.  

2016-02-06 Bipolar, second opinion:

Unfortunately I can really only suggest that you make an appointment to see a mental health professional to have them evaluate you and if appropriate diagnose and treat.     Whether or not you have a mental

2015-11-16 Quest. ab Campaign:

You can try the following website which does legal/attorney services crowd funding:    The attorney who runs the site has an article about the basics on the journal

2015-02-15 Symptom of bipolar disorder:

If you haven't discussed this concern with the mental health professional who prescribes your medication and is presumably responsible for monitoring their efficacy among other things, please do so as

2014-10-06 Bipolar or Asperger's:

To be honest, I think that the current situation is about his feelings about his difficulty in trying to find employment and possibly a bit of inner conflict over your being the sole breadwinner while


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