Santa Cruz Mountains, California
In October 2007, I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar one disorder (also called bipolar disorder, peripartum onset), hospitalized seven times, took over 30 meds & had two rounds of ECT. I'm doing much better these days! My book "Birth of a New Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar"(Post Hill Press) is available on Amazon. As a freelance writer, I've profiled luminaries including Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, SARK, and Anthony Bourdain. My articles have appeared in "Good Times," "Growing Up In Santa Cruz," "Scotts Valley/San Lorenzo Valley Press Banner," "Central Coast Parent", and "Fit" magazine. I've been honored as a "Story of Hope and Recovery" by the International Bipolar Foundation, a DBSA Life Unlimited and a PsychCentral Mental Health Hero, but the accomplishment I'm most proud of is getting out of bed every day and caring for my two young children and Lucy, our Scottish collie.