6 Things The Show ‘Modern Love’ Got Right When Portraying Bipolar Disorder

Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love It was no surprise that my phone was ringing off the hook after Episode 3 of the Amazon Prime Series, Modern Love, came out. I am a woman living with bipolar disorder, and ironically I talk about dating with mental … Continue reading 6 Things The Show ‘Modern Love’ Got Right When Portraying Bipolar Disorder

Gone with the Wind, Lost in Her Mind: Vivien Leigh and Her Life with Bipolar

Written by Hannah Blum Vivien Leigh was a British actress whose charm, ambition, and sophistication captured the attention of all those who met her. She is considered to be one of the best actresses of all time. Leigh’s acting career skyrocketed when she won the role of Scarlett O’Hara in one of history’s most iconic … Continue reading Gone with the Wind, Lost in Her Mind: Vivien Leigh and Her Life with Bipolar

Marilyn Monroe: What You Didn’t Know About Her Life with Mental Illness

Written by Hannah Blum In 1961, a year before her death, Marilyn Monroe wrote a six-page letter letter to her psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson about her time at Payne-Whitney’s psychiatric ward.  “Just now when I looked out the hospital window where the snow had covered everything suddenly everything is kind of muted a green. The … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe: What You Didn’t Know About Her Life with Mental Illness

‘Van Gogh Is Bipolar’ Cafe: How a Restaurant Explores and Empowers People with Bipolar

I jumped from the couch spilling cereal all over my shirt reaching for my computer both excited and in disbelief when I saw my moms text message, “Must check out this restaurant-Van Gogh is Bipolar!” A small restaurant located in the Philippines named after Vincent van Gogh and designed to capture features of a bipolar mind.

These are the stories of people living with bipolar disorder that get left out of the mainstream media. These are the stories that could one day create a much larger platform for individuals living with mental illness to feel empowered by what makes them different. I have spent the last couple days gathering information about this restaurant, but to start for those of you who are curious about Van Gogh’s connection to bipolar disorder let me explain. Continue reading “‘Van Gogh Is Bipolar’ Cafe: How a Restaurant Explores and Empowers People with Bipolar”