If you have ever ridden a roller coaster, you understand the excitement and fear that courses through your mind and body as you burst through the track. You experience such an intense jolt of so many emotions as your breath is stolen from falling and you only have enough time to take another breath as you ascend. In a lot of ways, bipolar disorder seems to share many similarities. It seems to change a person drastically in mere moments and can even span episodes for days at a time. You never know how you will feel when you wake up in the morning. You never know what will happen to send you spiraling into a depressive episode. I often like to call it a “Jekyll and Hyde” effect in my personal blog.

I am Shelton Fisher and recently I have been given the privilege to be a contributing writer for The Bipolar Writer. I am a 25 year old with a full time job, an amazing wife, and the two best dogs in the world. I used to be a decent musician and writing has become a passion of mine. Amid the wonderful things that life has provided for me, I have mental health issues that fight me tooth and nail on a regular basis. Anxiety has been a familiar part of my life since I was a child, but alcoholism and panic attacks made me realize that I needed to finally address these problem medically. In September of last year I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and began a regimen of serotonin inhibitors and recently I have began seeing a therapist. After several sessions addressing my childhood behaviors and my current behaviors, we have discussed that I may be bipolar and the symptoms honestly surprised me.

As I continue the journey into my mental health to confirm a diagnosis and discover how to live a better life, I want to include you through personal stories, free verse poetry, and the occasional informative post. I am not a professional by any means, but I am living proof that mental health is a war to be won. If you have ever been afraid to speak, afraid to make a move, lost motivation and hope, hurt yourself because you couldn’t find the right words or felt trapped inside your body, screamed at the top of your lungs with tears rolling down your boiling red cheeks, self medicated with alcohol or drugs, fallen into depression for no apparent reason, or just want to know how I am handling things, my posts are for you.

9 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. I wondered this week if Nicole might have Bipolar disorder…It is very hard to pinpoint exactly when I am the mom looking in, instead of being her.

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    • Hi! I don’t know your situation very well but for me, therapy and talking to my doctor has really helped in my journey. Medicine has been a tricky incline because all of it relates to chemicals in the body. Make sure to always be patient because it takes awhile for some of these meds to take effect. If you need a good place to start, I suggest therapy first. I wish you well!

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  2. It’s very nice to meet you, Shelton! I am bipolar type II and my husband is bipolar type I. It has been so crippling to both of us at times. So bad, that it has put my household in danger of losing everything on more than one occasion. The inner struggle is horrid and it’s so hard to get any support from family and friends. They just can’t even begin to understand. I’m so grateful for blogs such as this and people like you who are willing to come forward and share your experiences and let the rest of us know that we aren’t alone. There really are people out there who are going through the same thing and understand. Best wishes to you! =)

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