Introduction to Ashley Miller, Author of ‘Work and Bipolar or Depression’
My name is Ashley Miller, and I am excited to join the Work and Bipolar or Depression blog at HealthyPlace. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in my early twenties, and although it has affected my life in many ways, I am much more than this diagnosis.
Ashley Miller Lives with Bipolar and an Addiction
My twenties were very challenging, learning how to manage my bipolar disorder. I got sober at the age of 21 and recently celebrated eight years sober. Learning how to manage my emotions without substances has been essential to my wellbeing. I started self-medicating my bipolar disorder at 13 years old by consuming large amounts of alcohol. By 19 years old, I was having severe manic and depressive episodes with consequences at school, with the law, and with my health.
Ashley Miller Learns to Navigate Work with Bipolar Disorder
When I entered the workforce at 21, I struggled immensely with navigating work and managing my bipolar disorder. After eight years, I have found several tools that best help manage my mental health daily. I now have my dream job working for an addiction and recovery advocacy organization where I help to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders nationwide. I have made it my life mission to help countless people living with substance use and mental health disorders. I hope that my writing is another way to inspire and help numerous people living with bipolar and depression by teaching effective tools to navigate the workforce and live a successful, happy life.
Learn more about my journey in this video:
More About Ashley Miller
I am 30 years old, and I live in beautiful Colorado. I am a huge advocate of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual plus (LGBTQIA+) community as someone who identifies as lesbian and got married to the love of my life earlier this year.
Miller, A. (2023, June 12). Introduction to Ashley Miller, Author of ‘Work and Bipolar or Depression’, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, December 2 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/workandbipolarordepression/2023/6/introduction-to-ashley-miller-author-of-work-and-bipolar-or-depression