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The Joy of Having Bipolar Disorder

3 98Photos taken by Bekr (Bipolar Girl) a 37-year-old woman who lives in Nevada with her husband and two fur babies. She always knew she was “different.” She was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, then finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in her 20′s, along with PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. She has also been a self harmer. She is now an advocate for Mental Illness and is trying to make a difference and helping to break/stop the stigma.

About these photos: “I was in a “dark” mood, so I decided to take some photos to express/show how I was feeling. You can tell in the first picture that I was “sad”, then strangely as I was taking the pictures I started smiling and feeling better. I even started getting silly. It is amazing how quickly our moods can change. This helped me realize how much control I have over my moods (at certain times). I also think we are so used to smiling when having our pictures taken, that the autopilot in me, started smiling. It is also known that just the act of smiling can change your mood and make you feel better. So in the end, deciding to take these self-expression-portraits, portraying my mood helped me in more ways than one.”


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18 comments on “The Joy of Having Bipolar Disorder

  1. Syncopated Eyeball
    December 28, 2012

    Lovely pictures, emcouraging words. Thank you. :)

  2. Pining for Grace
    December 28, 2012

    I think it’s crazy we got all these doctors calling us crazy. I think it’s just social engineering to medicate people…

    I’m trying my own approaches to battling depression. My entire blog is based on helping people. :)

    P.S. Love the photos. :)

    • Thank you for the comment and we invite and appreciate all views. We do however encourage people to seek professional help when needed, and we acknowledge that medication may be a part of their personal journey of recovery.

      • Pining for Grace
        December 28, 2012

        Likewise. :)

  3. charlottecarrendar
    December 28, 2012

    Colourful and intriguing.

  4. Bipolar Girl
    December 28, 2012

    thank you.

  5. Bipolar Girl
    December 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on Bipolar Girl and commented:
    The Joy of Having Bipolar Disorder
    From depressed to happy within a matter of minutes.

  6. jmgoyder
    December 28, 2012

    Interesting and powerful.

  7. ag
    December 28, 2012

    Fun photos — a nice commentary on the transient nature of moods and why we shouldn’t get attached to either the highs or the lows.

  8. Maya Greywolf
    December 29, 2012

    Advocacy greatly needed – thank you for your efforts!

  9. luro97
    December 29, 2012

    Thank you for your wonderful photos and equally wonderful words!

  10. Lisha @ The Lucky Mom
    December 29, 2012

    When I’m in a funk, doing something creative usually lifts me up. I usually grab a canvas and paint, and just start painting. Sometimes my paintings are worth keeping, other times not. Sounds like your camera does the same for you.

    BTW, do you even realize how beautiful you are?

    • Bipolar Girl
      December 30, 2012

      yes it does :)
      and thank you so very much… made me blush :)

  11. Nicole
    December 29, 2012

    These are awesome and encouraging. Thanks for sharing!

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