The Author

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My name is Sara.

I’m 25 years old. I am studying towards a postgraduate degree in Psychology. And I have Bipolar (I) Disorder. In the past I’ve experienced mixed moods and rapid cycling. I also have several autoimmune diseases.

This blog is primarily about my experience living with Bipolar Disorder. Posts are written in a light, positive tone and will include simple, practical tips to wellness. Generally, my opinions are informed by sound psychological advice and research.

Things I Blog About

  • My experience of coming off Quetiapine Fumarate.
  • How I went from being controlled by an illness, to exhibiting some control over that illness.
  • What works for me and what doesn’t.
  • How to manage Bipolar Disorder.
  • Living with Chronic Illness.
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You can Read more about my history with Bipolar here.

Whether you want to know more about Bipolar Disorder, are supporting a friend or family member or are struggling yourself, I hope you will find something of value in my writing.

Please help me create a supportive, positive and encouraging community by:

  • Joining me on Facebook  to get all my latest posts, plus a dash of inspiration and a dollop of informative news items
  • Sharing your experience and your opinions in the comments
  • Check back if you leave a comment because I always do my best to respond.

Feedback, comments, questions and topic requests are always welcome. You can email me at, leave a comment, or fill out the form below.

Also, I like cats.



23 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Found your blog through Twitter, I have subscribed, I love your blog, I’m not bipolar but it’s given me great insight into bipolar, and also I am very interested in your withdrawal from a psychiatric drug as well, like you say not many of us blogging that one. I think you have a very positive attitude and I love the way you interact with people commenting on your blog, hate it when people write blogs and don’t interact with readers. Anyway, I’ve been all over your blog and put graffiti (comments LOL) all over the place.

    • Thank you for reading, commenting and subscribing! It means a lot to me that you enjoyed my writing enough to spend some time here and leave such thoughtful comments and feedback. I hope you will continue to enjoy my writing. I have visited your website briefly, but will be back when I have a decent amount of time to look around 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by 🙂 I just read my original response and boy I must’ve been in a bad mood yesterday (you can tell when I’m annoyed cause I say less!!). I really appreciate your feedback. I enjoy reading your blog also 🙂 I hope you will continue to join me on my blogging journey.

  2. Sara, If you are coping with Bipolar Disorder, getting good grades, and reducing you medication, be proud – there can be no shame. Not only are you capable beyond measure, when you manage the illness you will achieve your goals. The only limitation people with bipolar disorder have is the illness itself; except it, manage it and you are no different to anyone else. Thanks, I enjoyed reading your blog, I found it fresh and progressive. Happy Christmas, look after yourself. Stephen

    • Hi Stephen. Thank you so much for your very touching comment – it means a lot to me (very difficult to convey how much via the internet) I am so pleased you have enjoyed reading, I hope you will come back soon 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  3. Sara –

    I hope things are okay. I saw on Twitter you moved. Congrats on that. Are you going to post soon! I hope so.
    Take care, Jeff from

    • Hi Jeff. Everything is all good. So relieved to be back in my hometown. Life is much simpler and much easier here. I have been meaning to post but lost some of my juice with all the stress of moving + Christmas – lots to think about! I will post soon 🙂 I hope all is well with you too. I have not had much time to visit anyone else’s blog recently either and I am definitely missing all my favourites! I will pop by in the next few days and see what you have been up to.

    • Hi jeff – sorry I have been useless recently. I am very far behind in your blog! I have made a few posts since your comment and I will continue to post more regularly soon (at least once a week). Stopping by to visit you at your blog soon 🙂

  4. I lost my beautiful Wife Irene and precious son Colin to bipolar – I dont think many can appreciate how dark the depressions can get, me included. Very difficult to identify. I lived with this illness for 17 years as a Husband, Father and Carer and feel I can possibly give something back after losing my wife last April to the dark depression. I am trekking to Everest Base Camp in their memory on the 28th March to try and raise funds and raise awareness for 2 fantastic local Northeast charities. If your able i would be so honoured if you checked my website out regarding my challenge at Keep up the good work and keep raising the awareness
    Best Wishes Gary

  5. Hi Sara,

    I am a fellow Type II. I found you on Twitter.
    I went through a bad break-up in 2008 and overdosed on pain killers and anti-inflammatories. I was hospitalized, put on Seroquel 450mg and Effexor after some experimentation. I hated the side effects (sleeping through days of work – my boss thought I was a big partyer) and with the consent of my psychiatrist I came off everything. A few months later I had a manic episode and was rehospitalized and diagnosed bipolar. I’m stable now, going on two years, sometimes craving the mania.
    I have been and will continue reading along.
    All the best,


      • Rock On Sarah — here is a fairly new word for me: I suffer from bipolarism. (It saves me from saying bipolar disorder over and over) Cheers!

  6. Congrats on the cool blog. I’ve had bipolar I for 27+ yrs. There are a couple of topics that came to mind that I think would be good for your blog. The first is the difference between high-function bipolarism and low-function bp. It never seems to be written about, but even doctors use this terminology. From your bio, you are obviously the former, as am I, and we are the “lucky” ones. I worked as a CPA for 15 years after my initial Dx at age 24, (but had to quit working at age 40), which leads me to the second topic: What bipolarism does to MOST women as they enter peri-menopausal years, like 40-50, typically. I wish someone would have warned me. Anyway, I hope to re-enter the workforce soon, a zillion times more fun than staying home “sick”. Ciao & good luck to you!

  7. I just found one of your posts on Facebook, and I am super excited to follow your blog! Thank you for your help for me as a mother of a son who suffers from bipolar.

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