I live with bipolar disorder. Seven years ago, I had survived my worst round of depressions yet, and was still in a state of shell shock from the experience. One of the first things I did when I crawled out from under the covers was get to the computer and discover the internet.
Not only could I instantly get my hands on all kinds of esoteric technical information on my illness, but I could send out reports on what I just learned, in language fellow patients could understand. Crystal clear, but not dumbed down. I was in the publishing business.
I would learn as I wrote, I decided, one article at a time.
Writing is what helped bring me back from the dead. For me, it is a healing activity. When I'm in full flight there is no time and space. The sun takes its leave, booming music falls mute, and the steaming hot cup of tea by my side is stone cold when I pick it up a minute later.
I was writing again, and really writing. I was reclaiming my life, one page at a time.
Today, I have an award-winning web site and email newsletter plus this blog on HealthCentral dedicated to helping patients live well with depression and bipolar disorder. Next month, Harper Collins will be publishing my book, Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, endorsed by many of the top psychiatrists in the field.
And my greatest reward? Through my web site, I met my wife. You can’t write a better ending than that.
Published On: September 22, 2006
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