For Bipolar 2 and ADHD, Reading a Helpful Outlet

January 31, 2018 Hannah Blum

Reading has really helped my ability to focus; which is a big problem when you have bipolar 2 disorder and ADHD. Watch my video on HealthyPlace.

A couple of years after my diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder and ADHD, I found reading to be a helpful outlet. When you live with bipolar 2 disorder, you have these extreme emotions, stimulating thoughts and imagination that is overwhelming at times. When I was a child, I needed more than my journal as an outlet for these ideas.

Reading Helped Me Focus: A Problem with Bipolar 2 and ADHD

In my twenties, when I decided to go back to college, my mother handed me the book, "The Red Tent," by Anita Diamant. My mother said I needed to start practicing reading because my inability to focus my thoughts was going to be a problem in school.

One day, I went to the gym to workout and brought the book with me and couldn't put it down. After that, I became obsessed with reading. I could genuinely engage and connect with the characters. Once I could focus, my mind would wander through the story. Ever since then, reading books has helped me manage my mental health on such a grand level. It has helped me become more focused and a better writer.

It is a free space for my mind to wander in a very healthy way. I suggest utilizing reading as a tool for helping your mental health.

What books are you reading? Do you find it is a helpful outlet for your mental health? Please share your thoughts below or do a response video and send it in to Thanks!

APA Reference
Blum, H. (2018, January 31). For Bipolar 2 and ADHD, Reading a Helpful Outlet, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Author: Hannah Blum

Hannah Blum is the HealthyPlace YouTube bipolar disorder vlogger. Check out her I'm Hannah. I Have Bipolar 2 playlist and subscribe to the HealthyPlace YouTube channel. You can also find Hannah on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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