A Personal Success Story from My Life with Bipolar. Whats Yours?

On my new HealthyPlace YouTube video, I am celebrating my 28th birthday by sharing a personal success story.  On Monday, September 11th, I took another step into my late twenties with a grateful heart, unfiltered attitude, and colorful hair! Although many people complain about getting older, I embrace aging to the fullest and how could I not? On September 11th, 2001 so many innocent individuals lost their lives. It is a constant reminder of how fortunate I am to be alive.

In case you forgot to buy me a gift don’t worry because it’s not too late. One major goal of this video is to encourage you to share a success story from your life living with a mental health condition. C’mon tell me something that you are proud of! Share your story in the comment section of my YouTube video or do a response video and send it into info@healthyplace.com!

 

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Hypersexuality and Bipolar Disorder

Let’s talk about sex and bipolar! In my experience as a single young adult, with or without a mental health condition, sex can complicate any friendship or relationship. When you have bipolar disorder, there are a couple more complications you face due to your emotional extremes. I have the ability to feel everything, however, also the capacity to be completely disconnected. This is heavily present when I am in a manic episode and engaging in sexual relations. In my new HealthyPlace video, I talk more in detail about my experience with hypersexuality living with bipolar 2 disorder.

Share your comments or do a response video and send it into info@healthyplace.com!

Teen Vogue Interview 2017: Bipolar Disorder Dating Tips

Dating is hard with or without a mental health condition. We have this overwhelming pressure to have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect social life and perfect mind. So you can imagine what it’s like when you have a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder. The stigma of mental illness sends a negative message to people. We are crazy! She’s a cheater! She’s unstable! So what is it like when you are actively dating with bipolar disorder? Lucky enough Teen Vogue contemplated the same question and reached out to me. I am so excited to share my interview with Teen Vogue. Check it out and please share.

Teen Vogue May 2017: Bipolar Disorder Dating Tips

Revealing My Life with Bipolar on Voices for Change 2.0 Podcast

This past Saturday, March 4th, I had the opportunity to speak with Rebecca and Joe Lombardo on their blog talk radio show Voices for Change 2.0 podcast. Prior to the show, people always ask me one particular question, “Are you nervous Hannah.” The part of me that always puts on a strong front answers, “No not at all. I am used to this by now.” The other part of me answers, “Hell yeah I am nervous.” The show was live, meaning anything I revealed stuck like glue. Luckily for me, Rebecca Lombardo eased my nerves days prior to the show. We talked about the podcast, but no specifics. It is better not to have the questions prior to a show like this. The thing that put me most at ease, was that Rebecca has bipolar disorder as well and has been sharing her story for years. For an hour we talked about our work as mental health advocates, the future of mental health and parts of our own story living with bipolar disorder.

On Saturday I was asked questions pertaining to my diagnosis of bipolar 2 and what it has been like coming forward. We discussed my experience in media and the importance of utilizing mediated platforms to spread awareness. We took people who called in with questions. One caller requested an answer to the golden question that I think many people hesitate to ask me. How is dating for you Hannah? Take a listen to the podcast to find out what I say.

Please follow this amazing podcast on their journey via Twitter @Voices4ChangeRJ.

Dating with Bipolar Disorder

In today’s society, with all the dating apps and social pressure, dating is hard enough right? Imagine having a stigmatized mental health condition on top of all that. In this video, I explain why dating with bipolar can be extremely stressful and what to do about it. Don’t mind the crooked face 😉

10 Things We Need To Teach Our Little Sisters

 “You can’t be beautiful without makeup aunty Hannah!”-My 4-year-old niece

There has always been pressure on women to be “perfect,” however, the age of girls who feel this pressure seems to get lower each year.  It is not only the physical appearance factor, but all the s*&t going on in society that a younger generation should be aware of. You do not have to have a little sister to read this post.  “Our younger sisters” means the girls growing up in the generation below us.  We are all family in my mind.  It is time for us to grab a juice box, sit at the lunch table and help them comprehend a few things for their future.   These are 10 Things We Need To Teach Our Little Sisters…

1.  You don’t need plastic to be beautiful.

The age of young girls getting lip injections, plastic surgery and spending hours in the mirror putting on make-up is getting younger each year.  We need to teach them that reaching your “peak of attractiveness” at 15 is not a good idea!  To enjoy the time they can get away being carefree.

2.  Beware of the online trolls.

It is so important that girls understand that a lot of people have fake online profiles, and that the internet can be deceiving.  Face-to-face communication is proven to be the most successful way to build a solid relationship, and not get locked in a basement.  MTV’s “reality” show Catfish has definitely made me think twice before entering into a flirty online conversation.

3.  Embrace the body you have, not the body you want.

Luckily in 2016, women of all sizes are embraced more so than before.  Showing images of women of all different shapes and sizes gives younger girls a more diverse, and realistic, image of body.  We are not all going to have perfectly manufactured bodies, and acknowledging that from a young age is important.  Healthy=Happy.

4.  Spread love to stop hate.

Hate is alive in our society, and this is something the younger generation has to be aware of.  It is vital they be a part of peaceful movements.  To accept those who live a different lifestyle, rather than reject them.  To help others in need, and encourage those around them to stand against hate.

 5.  There is only one type of shopping…Bargain shopping!

Why get Jimmy Choo’s for $900 when you can get them for $45?  We have learned that LABELS are EVERYTHING.  However, lucky for our generation consignment shopping has opened are eyes up to a world of possibility.  It is time we share the secret to getting what we you want without spending all you got!

6.  To physically put down social media.

Social media is everywhere, and it is hard to handle at any age.  It is so important that young girls understand that social media is a tool to be used sporadically, not obsessively.  That when you are sitting at a table with people, put the phone away!  Comparing themselves to fabricated images of others will do more harm than good.

 7.  To express their emotions.

As a mental health advocate this is a big one for me!  We need to teach girls that emotions are a good thing, and it is okay to fail.  There is help available, and for a good reason.  The pressure on all women to be perfect increases negative emotions and insecurities.  We need to teach a younger generation to be open and honest about their feelings.

9.  To be leaders, not followers.

It seems that following on Instagram is leading to following in life.  Yikes!  The social media phenomenon encourages girls to mimic the behaviors and style of whatever is “trending.”  We need to help them find their own passions and power.  All women have power, but there is nothing more fierce than a women who knows she does!

10. To fall in love, but be independent.

We are so reliant on other people to make us feel secure, and this is not a good type of dependency.  With all the opportunity we have as women, we should encourage a younger generation to strive for success.  To fall in love but ask themselves first…What am I going to do to make an impact on this world?  VS.  When is he going to ask me to marry him?