It All Started Back in November 2014. I Was Taking My Meds Regularly and I… • • #BipolarUs

It All Started Back in November 2014. I Was Taking My Meds Regularly and I Decided That I Would Try Going to Support Groups Again. I Didn’t Really Like Them. I Always Felt as If the Entire Room Focused on Me So I Quit the First Group I Ever Attended in a Matter of Minutes. I Felt Super Anxious Afterwards, It Took Me Years Before I Could Step into Another One. 

This Time Around I Was Already Adjusted to My Meds So I Could Walk in Calmly and Participate. I Like Talking, Actually I Love Talking. I Usually Had Pretty Decent Advice to Give out and I Wanted to Do More So on My Second Week I Asked If I Could Volunteer and the Man in Charge of My Group Told Me That He Would Check to See It There Was an Opening for My Services. 

So I Began to Think About a Twitter Account for My Group. I Noticed That People Had Great Questions but No One Could Answer Them in the Time Allotted, so I Wanted to Write Questions down and Put the Answers on Twitter as Soon as Possible. 

The Following Week I Spoke to the Man in Charge and He Told Me That There Were No Openings for Me. After That, I Was Done. Never Again Would I Step into a Physical Support Group Unless I Create It. 

That’s Why I Developed @BipolarUs, for My People Who Need Help Instantly Instead of on a Weekly Basis.

60 Years Ago It Was Very Difficult to Be an African-American. People… • • #BipolarUs

60 Years Ago It Was Very Difficult to Be an African-American. People Weren’t Willing to Have a Conversation About Equality Until a Certain Few Demanded Full Integration into Society. 

30 Years Ago It Was Very Difficult to Be Openly Gay. People Weren’t Willing to Have a Conversation About Equality Until a Certain Few Demanded Full Integration into Society. 

 Today, It Is Very Difficult to Be Mentally Ill. People Aren’t Willing to Have a Conversation About Equality Unless a Certain Few of Us Demand Full Integration into Society.

“What Is Thy Name?” & He Answered, Saying, “My Name Is Legion: 4 We Are Many” • • #BipolarUs

And He Asked Him, “What Is Thy Name?” and He Answered, Saying, “My Name Is Legion: For We Are Many.”

We Are Engaged in a Great Battle. Suicidal Causalities Mount up on the Battlefield Each and Every Year. No Longer Will We Wait for the World to Change Their Stereotypes About Us, We Must Do It on Our Own. 

Now Is the Time to Tear down the Walls That Are Holding Us Back and Fight for the Future Generations Who Will Inherit Our Mental Illnesses and Combat the Same Exact Stigmas That We Face Today. 

Thus, Spread the Message By “Liking/Favoriting/Sharing/Reblogging/Retweeting” Mental Health Advocates Who Bravely Endure an Uphill Battle, Day in and Day Out. 

Help Us Fellow Sufferers and Become Part of a Larger World. 

Medication Is the Sword While Therapy Is the Shield. *Personally, I Prefer Not to Fight Bare Fisted • • @phoenixchix

Medication Is the Sword While Therapy Is the Shield. *Personally, I Prefer Not to Fight Bare Fisted 

Personally, I Noticed That Meds Helped During a Crisis, to Resolve It, but Didn’t Prevent the next Crisis • @phoenixchix

Medication Must Be Utilized for the Long Term. You Can’t Simply Take Medication When You Feel Like It, That’s Not How It Works. It’s All About Brain Chemistry That You Can’t Control Through Sheer Willpower Alone. When You Are Unstable, Taking Medication Daily Helps Soften That Blow Instead of Relying on a Unmedicated Mind That Can Throw You into Chaos. 

Therapy Prevented the next Crisis. It Taught Me to ID Early S/S of Stress & My Responses That Didn’t Work • @phoenixchix

The Best Treatment Consists of Medication and Counseling. Unfortunately Talk Therapy Alone Will Not Stabilize Your Brain Chemistry but It Will Help You Manage Your Affairs Better While You Travel Through This World with a Unmedicated Mind. 

Therapy Taught Me Responses to Stress That Did Work So to Me, Meds Are Good in Crisis, but Not Maintenance • @phoenixchix

Like I’ve Said in the past There Are Individuals Who Have Been Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Who Can Live a Life Free of Medication and Counseling but Mark My Words, People Such as Yourself Are the Minorities with Slim Numbers Compared to the Vast Sufferers Who Reside on My Side of the Fence. We Rely on the Best Treatment Because We Want the Best Outcomes Not Just for Ourselves, but for Society as a Whole. When We Get Better and Are Able to Remain Relatively Stable for the Long Run, Then the World Wins Because We Become Productive Members of Society and Your Ethos Would Jeopardize That. 

And Long Term Use (Maintenance) Is Where the Harmful Sided Effects Happen. Also, Not All Drs “Know Better” • @phoenixchix

True, Harmful Side Effects Happen to Some but Not All. For the Most Part, Patients Work with Their Doctors Early on and If Levels Are off or You Just Can’t Deal with Certain Side Effects Then the Appropriate Measures Will Be Taken by the Medical Staff. Doctors Are Highly Intelligent as a Group and Sure, Some May Make Continuous Mistakes but on Average, Would I Trust a Doctor with My Life and the Answer Is Yes. Science Is My Religion and Doctors Are My Priests. We Owe a Debt of Gratitude to Medical Science for Fine Tuning Our Treatment and Supplying Us with State of the Art Resources to Combat This Terrible Brain Disease.   

There Is Not “One Tx Fits All”. This Affects People in Different Ways. A Good Dr Will Listen to the Pt & Find What Works 4 Each • @phoenixchix

But There Is the Best Treatment Which Utilizes Medication and Counseling. If a Patient Can’t Take Medication or Is Unresponsive to It, Then Other Measures Can Be Taken Such as ECT or Additional Forms of Treatment. There Are Alternatives for People but Not the Best Alternatives. Only Science Can Save Us. 

I Understand How Difficult That Can Be. Hang in There and Continue the Good Work You Are Doing. It… • • @jaefish16

Changing Drs and Changing Meds Has Been So Hard. I’m So Exhausted I Just Want to Feel Normal Again • @jaefish16

I Understand How Difficult That Can Be. Hang in There and Continue the Good Work You Are Doing. It May Take a Considerable Amount of Time Before You Feel Right but Don’t Fret, You Are Surrounded by People Who Share Your Same Battle Here on Twitter.   

Half a Year Ago I Was Released from the Acute Psych Ward at the Loma Linda va Hospital and I’m Barely Beginning to Feel Right Again. It’s an Uphill Battle Finding the Right Meds to Take or Sticking with the Right Doctors You Can Trust but It Is Possible to Reach That Feeling of Normalcy Again.   

Just Keep in Constant Contact with the Medical Staff That Is Helping You. If You Don’t Feel Right After a Couple Weeks or Several Months Get Your Meds Re-Evaluated. Fine Tune Your Prescription Meds Until You’ve Reached a Point Where You Feel a Switch Turn on Representing a Glimmer of Your Healthy Self. Remember, Communication Is Key While You Forge Ahead. 

Books, Television & Movies: A List of Content Related to Bipolar Disorder • • #BipoIarUs

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
• Madness: A Bipolar Life
• Manic: A Memoir
• The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar
• The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know
• Impulse (Impulse, #1)
• Prozac Nation
• Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania
• Hurry Down Sunshine
• Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
• Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness
• The Pocket Wife
• The Museum of Intangible Things
• Wild Awake
• Fangirl
• Crazy
• Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D
• Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery
• The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder
• Me and Her: a Memoir Of Madness
• Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
• Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
• Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
• All the Bright Places
• He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him
• Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga
• Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
• Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration
• The Family Guide to Mental Health Care
• The Center of Winter
• This Is How I Find Her
• Firelight (Firelight, #1)
• Is It Me or My Meds?: Living with Antidepressants
• Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder
• Bloodletting: A Memoir of Secrets, Self-Harm, and Survival
• Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers
• When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness
• Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
• Look Straight Ahead
• The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
• Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
• The Phoenix Dance
• Crash and Burn
• A different outlook on bipolar disorder- Ups and downs to Buddha state
• The Silver Linings Playbook
• Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her
• Left Neglected
• Evidence of Life
• The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living
• Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind: A Manic’s Mood Chart
• Dreams Like Mine
• My Mind’s Abyss (Suicide Edition)(Recovery, #1)
• Halfway House
• Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution
• Rocky Road
• The Unquiet
• Bleeding Violet
• Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Illness
• Bipolar Bits: Manic Madness To Depressive Depths (My Bipolar World)
• Lotta Bipolar Bits: Survivors Diary Of Living Bipolar (My Bipolar World)
• To Be Mona
• Call Me Crazy
• Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!
• The Worry Tree (Pohon Cemas)
• Musical Chairs
• Drinking: A Love Story
• The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness
• Skin Game
• Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
• Girl, Interrupted
• Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl
• Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner
• Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
• 72 Hour Hold
• Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR
• Double Trouble Living With Manic Depression: A Personal Story And Practical Guide
• Living with Bipolar Disorder. Neel Burton
• Train Your Brain
• Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
• Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-By-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder
• Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm
• Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke
• The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Our Family’s Journey with Bipolar
• Mad Love
• Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me
• Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
• When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life
• The Pits and the Pendulum: A Life with Bipolar Disorder
• A Mood Apart: The Thinker’s Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders
• Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children
• Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression
• The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers
• Mayo Clinic on Depression
• But Inside I’m Screaming
• Dear Theo • The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf’s Art and Manic-Depressive Illness
• The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf’s Art and Manic-Depressive Illness
• Scattershot: My Bipolar Family
• Adult Bipolar Disorders
• Finding Your Bipolar Muse: How to Master Depressive Droughts and Manic Floods and Access Your Creative Power
• Slow Blind Drive 

The Big C
• Empire
• Homeland
NCIS: New Orleans
• Shameless
• Six Feet Under

A Woman Under the Influence
American Hustle
• Blind Date
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
• Dad’s in Heaven with Nixon
• The Devil and Daniel Johnston
• The Hours
Infinitely Polar Bear
• The Informant!
Margot at the Wedding
• Michael Clayton
• Mr. Jones
Mr. Nobody
Observe and Report
Of Two Minds
• Silver Linings Playbook
• Splendor in the Grass
• Steal This Movie!
• Union Square

Hi, My Name Is Adam J. Gonzales and I Was Diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder • • #BipoIarUs

Hi, My Name Is Adam J. Gonzales and I Was Diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder During the Summer of 2007 but I’ve Always Struggled with Mental Illness Since the Age of Four. When I Was an Adolescent, I Suffered Needlessly from Severe Depression and I Remember That Was the Darkest Period of My Life. 

What I Remember Most Was the Isolation and Fear of My Own Thoughts. Everyday Was a Battle and I Had Never Felt So Alone, as If the Only Person Who Understood Me Was the Same Young Man Who Stared Back as I Looked in the Mirror. 

That’s Why I Created @BipolarUs in Order to Show the New Generation of Sufferers That We Are No Longer Alone. @BipolarUs Offers a State of the Art Social Media Experience Which Includes Rapid Response to Questions and Inquiries, the Ability to Personally Connect with Thousands of Followers Who Also Suffer from Bipolar Disorder, and up to Date Information That Is Both Insightful and Entertaining.  

I’m Reaching out to You Today Because @BipolarUs Is Becoming More Important Than a Mere Hobby and I Want to Devote Myself Full-Time to This Cause. I Will Need Participation from Empathetic Followers in Order to Prepare for the Future in Which I Envision an @BipolarUs App, a Professional Staff That Is Licensed to Answer Difficult Medical Questions and a Headquarters Located in the Heart of Los Angeles, CA. 

In Order to Get There, We Must Start Here. Thus, I Beg You to #RetweetReblogShare @BipolarUs Content in Order to Spread the Message Across the World. Everyday We Are Helping People Live Better Lives and That Is a Powerful Statement but We Could Always Do More. 

Join Me and Help Usher in a New Era of Treatment for Those Who Feel Hopeless About Their Condition and Bring About Awareness to the Ones Who Quite Don’t Understand Us Yet. I Thank You for Your Time and May the Light Guide Your Path.

Followers, Contributors & New Members of @BipolarUs: U R Abt 2 Embark Upon the Gr8 Crusade •

Followers, Contributors and New Members of @BipolarUs: 

You Are About to Embark upon the Great Crusade, Toward Which We Have Striven These Many Years. The Eyes of the World Are upon You. The Hopes and Prayers of Mentally Ill People Everywhere March with You. 

In Company with Our Brave Allies and Brothers-In-Arms on Other Fronts You Will Bring About the Destruction of The Stigma War Machine, the Elimination of Tyranny over Oppressed Bipolar Disorder Sufferes, and Bring Acceptance for Our People in a Free World. 

Your Task Will Not Be an Easy One. Your Enemy Is Well Trained, Well Equipped and Battle-Hardened. They Will Fight Savagely. 

I Have Full Confidence in Your Courage, Devotion to Duty, and Skill in Battle. We Will Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory. 

Good Luck! And Let Us All Beseech the Blessing of Almighty Fortune upon This Great and Noble Undertaking.