This week, I have an interview with the wonderful Bipolar Barbie. She is a mental health advocate from Australia. In this interview, she describes her experiences with bipolar and talks about why she is passionate about being a mental health advocate. We cover topics from her first manic episode during law school to the importance of medication in her journey. I think you’ll really enjoy this one.
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This was a nice conversation with Bipolar Barbie. She was open, honest, and inspiring. Here are some of the topics we discuss:
- What it’s like to be too symptomatic to work, but “not sick enough” to qualify for public services.
- Her first manic episode during law school, which was characterized by not sleeping for weeks, exercising so hard that she could hardly walk, and suicidality.
- The dangerous combination of trauma, grief, and mania.
- How a 9-5 job may not be realistic for her, and why that’s okay.
- The importance of medication in her mental health journey.
- What “recovery” looks like to her.
- In her opinion, the best advice for someone looking to help someone with mental illness is to, “Shut the fuck up and listen.”
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