Healing Journey: Postpartum Post-Mania Recovery

Navigating pregnancy without medication, my manic moods swung for months between the ecstatic highs of euphoric mania to the agitated episodes of the dysphoric variety. This experience was not only emotionally taxing; it took a tole on my physical body as well. I experienced a decreased sensitivity to pain such that I was prone toContinue reading “Healing Journey: Postpartum Post-Mania Recovery”

Chasing ‘Normal’ | Seeking Stability

The Oxford Dictionary defines recovery as “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.” But what is a normal mental state? The biomedical model of mental illness has tried to convince us that binaries — normal and abnormal, stable and unstable, sane and insane — exist. Proponents of the recovery model reinforceContinue reading “Chasing ‘Normal’ | Seeking Stability”

Healing Journey: Peer Support

There are some episodes you barely notice and others that change your life forever. At the end of my last life-altering episode, I was married, pregnant, and a prospective PhD student at NYU. My entire world recalibrated. I lost beloved friendships. I accumulated a sizable amount of debt. I became a revolving door ER patientContinue reading “Healing Journey: Peer Support”