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Hi, my name is Hannah Blum, I have Bipolar 2 and I'd like to share my story with you.

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My Life with Bipolar: Why I Share the Experience Openly

I share my life with bipolar disorder across social media. Crazy, you say? I haven't regretted one moment. Find out why on HealthyPlace

Two years ago, I published my personal blog, halfway2hannah, about my experience as a young adult living with bipolar 2 disorder. Why? I developed a passion for mental health and saw the impact social media platforms have on society. I decided to combine mental health and media by sharing my story.

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Of course, those around me were concerned that disclosing my life with a stigmatized condition, like bipolar disorder, would affect my chances of finding a stable career after I graduated college. However, it was the first time in my life I felt in control and confident that I was making the right decision against what everyone else was saying.

I have met a lot of different people along my journey, many who have been silenced by stigma. I felt that not only did I have a story and a message to share, but the confidence and resources to utilize social media to do it. My personal blog eventually led me to HealthyPlace, where my journey continues. In my opinion, social media is a great place to share your experience.

Start your journey here and share your experience, ask a question and/or leave a comment below. I look forward to reading it!

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Comments 3

 
Kelly Daley on Friday, 21 April 2017 18:42

Hi Hannah, I feel I have something in me that I need to tell everybody. It took me a long time to get to this point, with some very difficult times to overcome and finally realize a new reality was before me with the diagnosis of bipolar with my son.
The one thing that makes me curious is the way my emotion seems to have come to the forefront of being more positive in my life since my son's diagnosis.
I had always been a follower before, now I need to lead myself, and take control of what matters most to me.
With family tragedies most likely due to the disorder, the diagnosis of the disorder in my son, and the journey of knowing this disorder, has brought me full circle.
Not sure where this feeling of importance comes from to tell my story? Maybe by seeing other people be brave and tell their stories makes me feel less afraid.
I too have a story to tell, and have the willingness to tell it.
By starting to use social media to do this can be a learning curve, but I'm in no hurry and will get there.
I support all people who have the willingness to tell how they overcame their hardships.
I also value the information you provide.
Thank you Hannah.
Kelly

Hi Hannah, I feel I have something in me that I need to tell everybody. It took me a long time to get to this point, with some very difficult times to overcome and finally realize a new reality was before me with the diagnosis of bipolar with my son. The one thing that makes me curious is the way my emotion seems to have come to the forefront of being more positive in my life since my son's diagnosis. I had always been a follower before, now I need to lead myself, and take control of what matters most to me. With family tragedies most likely due to the disorder, the diagnosis of the disorder in my son, and the journey of knowing this disorder, has brought me full circle. Not sure where this feeling of importance comes from to tell my story? Maybe by seeing other people be brave and tell their stories makes me feel less afraid. I too have a story to tell, and have the willingness to tell it. By starting to use social media to do this can be a learning curve, but I'm in no hurry and will get there. I support all people who have the willingness to tell how they overcame their hardships. I also value the information you provide. Thank you Hannah. Kelly
Hannah Blum on Saturday, 22 April 2017 23:07

Hi Kelly! Thank you for sharing a part of your story with me. You are very brave. Maybe when your son was diagnosed, the fear of him facing stigma in the future motivated you to share your story. Regardless of the reason, I think it is a great thing you are ready to share your experience. You can help so many people around you, especially as a mother. I am excited for this part of your journey. Thank you for commenting.-Hannah

Hi Kelly! Thank you for sharing a part of your story with me. You are very brave. Maybe when your son was diagnosed, the fear of him facing stigma in the future motivated you to share your story. Regardless of the reason, I think it is a great thing you are ready to share your experience. You can help so many people around you, especially as a mother. I am excited for this part of your journey. Thank you for commenting.-Hannah
Kelly Daley on Monday, 24 April 2017 06:34

That would be the real reason, of course a more simple way to look it as you pointed out.
I am learning and do have a long way to go, as a mother or father, it should not matter when it comes to stigma.
Thanks again
Kelly

That would be the real reason, of course a more simple way to look it as you pointed out. I am learning and do have a long way to go, as a mother or father, it should not matter when it comes to stigma. Thanks again Kelly
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