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About Natasha Tracy, Author of Breaking Bipolar Blog

Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy, a 30-something writer living on an island in the Pacific Northwest and the author of the Bipolar Burble. I have leaped from planes, helicopters, and cliffs trusting nothing but nylon and canvas to save my life. I have worked for many tech companies including the biggest boy on the block. I have visited twelve different countries, have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and I think a law should be passed preventing Apple from naming anything else beginning with the letter “i.”

And I have bipolar disorder.

I’ve been diagnosed with a series of variants finally landing on bipolar type-II, ultra-rapid-cycling. I’ve been in treatment for over a decade. Treatments have included over 40 bipolar medications, vagus nerve stimulator implantation, electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and several types of psychotherapy.

Breaking Bipolar is my way of entertaining and enlightening on the topic of bipolar disorder. Its shearing honesty aims to put the reader inside a brain suffering from mental illness. It’s designed to elucidate the subjects of pain, loss, depression, hypomania, hope, and humanity. It explores the difference between a sick brain and a mind left trying to cope with it.

I hope my writing will allow people to truly appreciate what the mentally ill experience and ultimately lead to greater understanding and respect, as well as reduce the fear people show around the mentally ill.

I look forward to the day when humans can fly, breathe underwater and latte art becomes recognized as a serious area of study.

Natasha Tracy’s Breaking Bipolar Blog Welcome Video

If you would like to know a little more about me, watch this bipolar video.

You can find Natasha Tracy on Facebook or Google+ or @Natasha_Tracy on Twitter or at Bipolar Burble, her blog.

Author: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is a renowned speaker, award-winning advocate and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar.

Find Natasha Tracy on her blog, Bipolar Burble, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

37 thoughts on “About Natasha Tracy, Author of Breaking Bipolar Blog”

  1. I have what I consider to be a healthy skepticism of sharing materials and experiences here. I’ve looked at the ‘abouts’ and read some posts. So now lets see if I get a reply before I share what is by comparison to other posts, an unusual experience. A tiny bit of the experience is: some symptoms of hypomania, but not depression, no anger, some irritability, and (legitimate) ultra high performance. Oh BTW: no meds…

    1. Hi Randy,

      If you wish to share your story you’re more than welcome to but there is no pressure to do so. And please keep in mind that I can’t answer most comments as there are just too many.

      Thank you.

      – Natasha Tracy

  2. Thank you and of course I will be patient .. Just don’t want it to affect her quality of life when not working where she doesn’t feel like enjoying it or doing things thanks for your time I do appreciate it

  3. My wife has only been on her new bi polar meds for a couple weeks the non functional hours are really showing. She’s up at 3/4am does stuff here at home goes to work gets done around 1/2pm comes home does more stuff and by 4 she’s done. This worries me because it’s as if every night we are in bed by 6 or 7

    1. Hi Jason,

      Well, honestly, most of us would be pretty happy at those working hours. She has a job and then gets stuff done at home? That’s pretty good. And if she’s in bed at seven and up at three, that’s only eight hours of sleep. That all sounds pretty reasonable.

      That said, anyone can be affected by a medication like that, especially in the beginning. You need to give it six-eight weeks to see what might a long-lasting concern.

      Try to be patient for now. It sucks but waiting is all we can do.

      – Natasha Tracy

  4. G’day Natasha.

    I’my Peter from Perth, Western Australia. I wonder if one of your travels included Australia? If not, you need another holiday! Come to Perth, meet my wife, our menagerie of pets, and my humble, bipolar self.

    I have battled with Ultra Rapid Cycling, Type II Bipolar, and comorbid (Don’t you just love that hyper-appropriate word?) Generalised and Social Anxietiy Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder, mild OCD traits, pretty lousy self image resulting in occasional Suicidal Ideation, and some good stuff.

    I am 54, a “bit” overweight, and have had strong intermittent painting neck ,back, and legs from wear an tear and a few accidents (like falling 120 -180 feet off a cliff, when I blacked out, while abseiling). And I have Severe Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Bilateral Brachio-Radial Pruritis which causes my shoulders down to my hands to itch, burn, and strongest below the skin’surface. I have been on the maximum dose of Pregabalin, a nerve suppressant, for a few months with total success. The last two weeks it has returned and is worsening. It drives me INSANE! Especially at night.

    I came to find your site when searching for one help for my incessant, intrusive melodic humming. Often it is, as you have described, a persistent tune. Sometimes it is only a non musical word or short phrase/sentence I have just heard. But the worst is when I can’t think of a song/tune and start improvising. I must say at this point that my improvising is grnerally, pretty bloody good! It can go on, over and over, then changing, because it has been so long, I can’t remember how it started! Often I will recognise a few notes an the incessant, infuriating improvised, humming will morph into an existing song or tune or symphony. 😀

    I sometimes scream out, “SHUT UP!” – usually tearing at my hair and trying to resist the urge to punch my head or bang it into a wall to interrupt what has become unbearable, unrelenting, repetitious, melodic “noise” in my head.

    I too have been, and still am, on numerous medications, but I genuinely express my sadness for your ECT experience.

    Thank you for letting others know we are not alone in our “crazy” behaviours.

    Regards, Peter

  5. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
    You wonderful creature.
    Words fail me. This is what the internet is all about, or should be. I don’t know how to cheer in comments, but if I could I would deafen you with my cheers. Keep it coming Natasha. You’ve made my millennium. God bless you. Bipolar sufferer in Ireland xxxxx

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