I decided to start blogging about bipolar disorder after 21 years of living with this health condition. I was diagnosed with manic depression (now referred to as bipolar disorder) in 1989, and the main reason I bought my first computer in 1997 was so that I could try to connect with other patients and research bipolar disorder using the Internet. I just knew there had to be more information out there than what I had gotten from my psychiatrists and the few pamphlets and books I had read before everyday people began using the internet for research.
My name is Andrea Jones. I'm a 46 year old woman who took lithium regularly from the ages of 24 to 42. I am now taking 200 mg. Lamictal, and 600 mg. Trileptal to manage my Bipolar Disorder I, and I'm doing pretty well. I receive Social Security Disability and Medicare, but I'm working part time, and thinking about trying to provide for myself without government assistance. It seems like a big step. The rewards could be much greater, but so could the risks.
I’m still trying to learn as much as I can about bipolar disorder and health and wellness, and I'm always interested in finding new information about how people are living day-to-day with the condition. When I decided to start my blog, I wanted to give readers a view into my life so that I could provide an example of someone who is trying to do her best to manage the condition. I hope that my blog will inspire others to take charge of their physical and mental health, and also to remain hopeful and positive.