Welcome to our blog. I’m happy to introduce this new project. My name is Olga and I recently joined the Bicovery project team.

I write about bipolar disorder – it’s a fascinating topic that means a lot to me. I’ll talk about the blog project here, and write more about myself in the next post in detail.

The blog focuses on both bipolar disorder in general and bipolar disorder in my life. This is more of a diary than a collection of articles, although articles will appear here whose purpose is to provide readers with information on issues that are related to BAR. I will write about how the project is developing and the research on which it is built, as this will improve the condition of people with BAR.

I want to talk about what excites me, so there will be a lot of personal commentary here. I will talk about life with bipolar disorder, about how it feels to take medicine by the handful for two and a half years, about the constant search for balance, and about motherhood and relationships with this condition.

I will stress the importance of consulting a psychiatrist when you feel symptoms of depression or mania. I will support only the principles of evidence-based medicine. We will talk about tricks that, along with medications, helped my well-being with depression, or settled mania a little.

I will talk about the experience of hospitalization in a neuropsychiatric clinic. I was a patient there three times, and have accumulated several stories about my fellow patients there.

We will pay a lot of attention to psychotherapy. I am sure that therapy is one of the steps that leads to remission. I will talk about my experience in psychoanalysis, group therapy, and rehabilitation training. It wasn’t all easy, but I will try to honestly talk about what I experienced in the therapist’s chair, with my back turned to her. We will get acquainted with several types of therapy, not only psychoanalysis, and try to figure out how to make a choice and find the right therapist.

We’ll also talk about performance in depression and mania, as I changed professions and areas of work. When I entered the community of people with BAR in my city, I was surprised to find that I was not the only one. So, I will admit that this problem concerns many “BARgers” (yes, that’s what we sometimes call ourselves).

There is a mutual support group in my city and I will write about why it is important for me, what I get from the group, why it is important to find a shared community in these circumstances.

We will talk a lot about the stigmatization of mental illness. In society, either silence of the presence of mental disorders or a sharply negative attitude to this problem is the norm. They don’t notice us, they poke us that we are lazy, that it’s enough to “get it together and not whine” in order to overcome the same depression. We are often not heard. But the worst part is people who suffer for many years from the symptoms of a mental disorder, due to lack of information, or because of a negative attitude towards mental illnesses are afraid to even admit to themselves that they need help. We tend to scold ourselves, to blame ourselves for the abnormality, and drive ourselves into an even greater depression. We are also very afraid to finally go to the doctor. After all, we have been taught by our environment that a visit to a psychiatrist is a “psycho” label for life, they will put us on record, and tablets will certainly turn us into vegetables. 

For this, we need people, both patients and doctors, who are ready to talk about BAR without hanging labels, explaining the symptoms and talking about tablets in simple, non-charged terms.

I strive for education about BAR, as well as the team of the Bicovery project. This blog is dedicated to them.

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