Samantha Steiner is the author of “My Bipolar Mind: You’re not alone.” We had the privilege of interviewing Samantha about her book, her blog, and her experience living with Bipolar Disorder. Here she is to tell you more!
1. When were you diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder?
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was about 14 or 15-years-old, back in 2001.
2. What prompted you to start your blog?
I decided to start my blog, My Bipolar Mind, as a way to help others who struggle with mental illness to not feel so alone. Mental illness can be isolating in itself. We sometimes feel like no one else could possibly understand what we are going through or how we are feeling. But there is always someone else out there who can relate. I also wanted to create a place where people with mental health conditions and their loved ones can find useful information on various mental health and addiction topics as well as share their own story or even read about my journey with mental illness.
3. Tell us about your book!
My book, My Bipolar Mind: You’re not alone, consists of posts that have been taken from my blog and put together to tell my story over what I call one of the worst years of my life that had been filled with so much loss. It is basically a memoir. It details my journey – the good, the bad, and the ugly – with Bipolar Disorder and my struggle with addiction. My goal is to let other’s who are struggling know that they are not alone and that things can and do get better.
4. What advice would you give to someone who was newly diagnosed with bipolar?
If you are newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ask your doctor tons of questions. Never be afraid or ashamed to ask your doctor anything, after all, that is what they are there for. Ask questions about any new medications as well such as side effects, interactions, and the best time of day to take it. I find that making a list of my questions and concerns and taking it to my appointments with me really helps so that I never forget anything. I highly recommend trying that. Don’t ever be afraid to try therapy since it is usually recommended for people with bipolar disorder as part of their treatment plan.
Also, mood charting and tracking have helped me learn about certain patterns in my mood or when I cycle and much more. I find it completely beneficial and I will even take my mood chart into therapy with me. My last piece of advice would be to find others who can relate to you that also have this disorder by trying support groups or even online support groups. It can feel like a blessing when you finally find someone who understands you.
5. Where can we find your book?
At the moment, my book is available on Amazon in both the Kindle and paperback version. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/