Why use Bipolar Educational Journal?

It's simple

The goal is to create an easy to read and understand platform for you to use to educate you, your family, friends and others (eg. colleagues). You may contribute to help keep it simple.

It's vast

There are a lot of resources mixed with my subjective experiences and perspectives to help define, describe and explain what I know about the disorder. You may add to this knowledge-base journal.

It's personal

Not only do I share my perspective, others do too. You can use this as an opportunity to write and share your own story.

A journal to help educate

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Have you recently been diagnosed and are learning more about the disorder and its attributes (mania, hypomania, depression and anxiety)? Maybe you are scared and uncertain about the disorder and want to find ways to cope and know more about preventing episodes. Perhaps you are struggling to explain what it is to people close to you.

You could hear that "ups and downs are a natural part of life", "you need to be stronger" or "come on, you are just putting on". These statements are powerful and can leave an unpleasant impact in your healing process as you start doubting and judging yourself. 

It can be challenging to explain and get people to understand. This journal should help bridge that gap for you.

Share your insights to make a better journal

I would like you to share your criticism, tips, suggestions and ideas with me to make this journal better. I am open to fixing spelling mistakes and grammar, adding and removing relevant content to make this journal more useful and helpful.

What is in this journal

You are not the disorder

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Your illness, Your depression. Your disorder. Words define your identity and create your reality. You don't need to identify with depression, stigma, prejudice and discrimination. It's not who you are. It's just something you happen to have.

You are not alone

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An estimated 3% - 4% of the South African population have bipolar disorder (The South African Depression and Anxiety Group). 2.6% of of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year. (National Institute of Mental Health)

Live your life

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Find ways to live the best life you want to live. Learn how you can live with bipolar, create a wellness plan, skills to cope and how to go for effective therapy.

Learn more about bipolar disorder

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How is it different to normal life? Learn more about what it is, its possible causes, the different types of bipolar and the types of episodes you can experience.

Prevent episodes so you can grow

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Dig deep into your episodes. Reflect and keep a mood diary or journal. Use the SMART model, your senses, watch what you consume, look after yourself and take measures to prevent suicide.

Build solid support structures

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Protect yourself. Feel safe by building a solid support structure to aid you in your time of need. Find people who can fulfil the desired roles.

Be alert for episodes

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Know the signs or symptoms of episodes, show others what you go through, what triggers your episodes, and create a crisis plan for when an episode becomes unmanageable.

Read stories


Read about my story, other people's stories, how to share your own story and contact me to share your story.

Know more about your recovery


Learn what you can do when you are recovering from an episode.