Andrea Diede was born in Fresno, California but now resides on a little ten-acre ranch in Northern Colorado. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles and has work published in Pure Slush magazine and The Sirens Call. You can find her writing in the comfort of her home, but on occasion, she slips away and writes in some of the local coffee shops.
Hey, there! My name is Andrea; I am a writer, new-wife and mother. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder about 13 years ago. As a teenager, I was scared and confused.
Over the year I found myself struggling to find literature, case studies and people with real life experience to help guide me to make educated decisions about my illness. I remember long nights of suicidal thoughts, just trying to make it until the sun rose the next morning. I have acted in self-harm, cutting, and bulimia, dangerous ‘activities,’ the list continues. I’ll drank myself stupid to numb the pain on more occasions than I can to count. Now, as a functioning and stable person with a mental illness, I want to help others find the resources and support that they need. Through my blog posts and resource page, I hope that you can find help for you and support team, so you don’t have to go through the same struggles as I have.
Everyone has a story; this is mine.
Finally, after nine years of destruction, I found the right medication and dosages to stabilize my disorder. Now, a functioning member of society, I want to help others find the resources and support that they need to thrive. Through my blog posts and resources, I hope that you can find help for you and support team, so you don’t have to go through the same struggles as I have. Mental illness can’t be cured but if we ban together, support each other and educate others we can change this world one person at a time.
You and your loved ones don’t have to struggle every day to survive. We can be happy; there is support, and your can make a difference.