The Bipolar Parent: Introduction

Greetings! Welcome to my blog, The Bipolar Parent! I am Cassandra Stout: an author, bipolar survivor, and parent of a not-quite five-year-old.

After I recovered from a post-partum psychotic breakdown, I had to start managing my newly diagnosed bipolar disorder. As a stay-at-home parent, mitigating damage to my young child is crucial, so I threw myself into the task of educating myself on how best to be a bipolar parent.

But, while there are many, many resources for parents with bipolar children, parents with mental illnesses tend to be left in the dust. I aim to fill this need as best as I can while caring for my child and managing my own disorder. If you have a question you’d like to see covered, or–better yet–a guest post available, I would love to see it. Please contact me at sagansjagger@gmail.com or visit the Contact Us page. Subscribing to the blog’s RSS Feed will send updates right to your inbox, so you’ll never be left behind.

I hope you’ll poke around for a bit and find information useful to you! Next Thursday, I’ll be writing a bit more on the differences between depressive and manic episodes. Which do you struggle with most?

Disclaimer: Even though I strive for accuracy, I make no claims of expertise. Any information contained in these posts and on my web site should not be taken as medical advice to replace that of your physician.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have goose bumps!

      I definitely had symptoms prior to giving birth. I’d explained multiple times to my OBGYN that I was fatigued and depressed, but I was also foaming-at-the-mouth irritable and fairly disoriented. I was terrified of spending money, so to furnish my child’s room, I dug through dumpsters.

      We’d just moved and I had no friends, but rather than seeking out social contact, I isolated myself (which was painful as an extrovert!). By the end of it, I was a shut-in who’d stopped showering, sleeping, or eating–classic symptoms of mania/psychosis.

      It was a pretty wild ride!

  1. Well, I’m pretty open with these things, but if you’d like to discuss things further, I’d love to start up an email chat! 🙂 Thank you so much for talking with me.

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