Hi! My name is Carrie, I have bipolar disorder, and this is my blog. Yeah, that’s a lot to start with, but I like to lay all the cards on the table. The goal of my blog is to share my story. I hope to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and help reduce the stigma against those who struggle with mood disorders. I’m also shamelessly promoting my book, Daddy Issues: A Memoir.
I grew up with a bipolar dad, and he and I weren’t exactly close. His illness is mostly what created the huge distance between us. I experienced first-hand what it’s like to live with someone who would spend thousands of dollars on fancy watches and stereo equipment, showing them off to our neighbors and talking a mile a minute, and then would lock himself in his room for days. I also know what it’s like to lose a parent to suicide. My dad killed himself in 1998, when I was 24. I wasn’t diagnosed until my first major depressive episode, which was triggered by his death. I’m in the process of writing a book about my experiences called Daddy Issues: A Memoir. The main takeaway from my story is a positive message of absolution. Accepting my own diagnosis taught me to understand and forgive both my dad and myself.
I graduated with a B.A. Cum Laude in English from the University of Florida in 1996, and worked as a feature article writer and website designer for BellSouth for several years. I then went back to school and got a BFA in Graphic Design and a Master’s Certification in Project Management. I ran my own design firm for several years, working with clients as big as WebMD and as small as the neighborhood jewelry artist. I started designing graphics for movie and TV sets in the entertainment industry in 2005, and I’ve been at it ever since. My design work has been published in a college art school textbook, I’ve been interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and my artwork has been exhibited in national and international art museums. With more than 33 movie and television credits to my name, I’ve earned 2 Emmy nominations and an Art Director’s Guild award. I really enjoy the opportunity to design graphics and write copy that helps bring fictional worlds to life. My portfolio and résumé can be found on my website. I’ve published articles in, and I am a regular contributor to the DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) newsletter.
I’m living proof that just because you have a bipolar diagnosis doesn’t mean you can’t live a full, happy life. Yes, this mood disorder is a lifelong commitment that requires management and care, but it doesn’t define me. I have my ups and downs, but I take my medicine every day, I get enough sleep, I’m vegan so I generally eat pretty healthy (unless I’m savoring some greasy salty french fries) and with a strong support network of friends and family, I’ve built a pretty sweet life for myself.
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