A bipolar take on body image and shame
Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (1), p. 21
As a child, a family friend once compared my size favourably to that of her daughter: How come you’re so thin? I felt bad for my friend, yet at the same time, I understood that being thin was something admirable.
An insider’s perspective
Reprinted from "Opioids" issue of Visions Journal, 2018, 13 (3), p. 11
In 2000, when I was 18, I was prescribed OxyContin for two painful kidney problems. The drug was relatively new then. The first three and a half years, I took up to 240 mg a day (considered a high dose) plus Percocet, a drug that contains smaller doses of oxycodone, for what my doctor called “breakthrough pain.”
Rapid cycling means that someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder (or depression) experiences four or more episodes of depression and/or mania in one year.