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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Mental Health Essay

I just had an essay entitled "Pity Party" accepted for publication by Amygdala Literary Magazine. This essay is about my diagnosis of bipolar disorder in November of 1995 several months after my son was born in March of 1995. In this essay, I explain how, initially, my doctor believed that I had postpartum depression. But then my depression worsened, so he sent me to a psychiatrist. After a few months, I had a manic episode, and I was hence diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As you see, it can take a while to receive the correct diagnosis. In "Pity Party", I write about this process. I'm awaiting details about when the next issue of Amygdala will be published, but as soon as I know, I'll post about it here.