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.
- Emily Glossner Johnson
- 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 I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which are as yet unpublished.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!