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  1. bestthingsinlife August 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    So glad I found this. I have bipolar and I’m thinking about having kids, have encountered some stigmatising attitudes that I ‘shouldn’t have kids’. It’s nice to know that you can have bipolar and also be a good mum!

  2. Alison Glenn Oliver July 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Jen,

    My sister referred me to this website after struggling with PPP. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your bravery and all of your hard work in challenging the stigmas about mental illness. My family has been challenged by quite a few encounters with mental illness: My eldest sister struggles with severe anxiety; My middle sister had a very unexpected episode of PPP and now appears to suffer from BP II; I had struggled with anorexia as a very young teenager. I often wonder what is “normal”. Every person on the planet struggles with something… It makes us human. In fact, my college entry essay was about mental illness and stigma. I’m thankful to share that I have fully recovered from my anorexia and my first job as a nurse landed me with coworkers who had taken care of me at my sickest times!

    Anyway, my sweet baby girl was born 3 months ago and I too experienced much of what my sister and yourself did postpartum. And all through my pregnancy all I could think was that I already had my turn with mental illness. My mom kept preaching to me that PPP was so genetically linked and that I needed to let my OB know what my sister had gone through. LIke a “good” mother, I let both my husband and my OB know exactly what my sister had gone through but then quickly passed it off that it could and would NEVER happen to me. I’m a NICU nurse… How in the world could it happen to me? I deal with infants every day! I nurture sick infants and teach mamas how to nurture their tiny or sick or tiny AND sick infants. Heck, I even teach mamas how to breastfeed and pump. Then, it happened. The postpartum hormones went awry and the perfectionist prevailed. I never experienced hallucinations or psychosis symptoms, but i experienced how truly awful mania feels! I would be crying and then laughing and then crying and then racing from room to room to do some urgent task. I couldn’t sleep and more so I couldn’t SHUT UP! I would talk and talk and talk… My thoughts racing and I was unable to sleep. I spent so much time in the bathtub trying my hardest to feel ready to sleep! I’d forget what I had started and do something different. I was confused VERY easily. I was forgetful beyond belief. But in my brain I had to feed my baby and I had to breastfeed her and I had to keep my home homey and my visitors happy. And. And. AND. My main question or food for though to you is… How do you really know? The psychiatrist who prescribed me Depakote postpartum is now taking me back off of the medication and says that she doesn’t think I need it. She thinks I had an episode of “hypomania” and that it was hormone related and sleep related. While I really do not want to be on medication, I also really don’t want to have a second episode of whatever it was that I experienced in those several weeks postpartum. You see, I never had been diagnosed with BP.

    • BipolarMomLife July 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

      Hi Alison, Thank you so much for writing to me. The truth is, mental illness can hit anyone at any point in their life. I’m so glad that you followed your mom’s advice and brought it up to your doctors and were open about it with your husband. You did the right thing. And you described PPP to a T. I experienced many of the same symptoms you described.

      To answer your question, I don’t know that you ever know for sure. You just have to trust your doctor’s opinion as the expert, and also your gut instinct. And I understand not wanting to be on medication – I mean, who wants to have to take a pill every day? But if you are doing well on it and you don’t want to have to go through what you experienced in the past, I say to stay true to your treatment plan.

      Hang in there. Through consistent appointments with your doctor I’m sure you’ll be able to figure things out. You are a strong mama and you’re doing the right thing. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Keep in touch!

  3. Barbara Meyers May 29, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Dear Mrs. Marshall,

    Thank you for sharing your journey with bipolar disorder in your blog Bipolar Mom Life. Your story of challenges and wellness can be an inspiration to many people. Sharing your experience with bipolar disorder while also discussing life as a mother and wife humanizes people with mental health challenges. Some people think that mental health consumers can’t be married or have families. But your life, and many other lives, disprove that stereotype. Your blog shows that having bipolar disorder comes with its challenges, but taking care of yourself and your wellness brings some balance and joy to your life.

    Continue the work that you do.

    Thank you.
    Barbara Meyers

    • BipolarMomLife May 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Thank you so much, Barbara! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement. You named many of the reasons I write.

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