Being UnNormal

Surviving Bipolar: Willa's Story

August 06, 2020 Kimberly Berry, WIlla Goodfellow Season 8 Episode 2
Being UnNormal
Surviving Bipolar: Willa's Story
Show Notes

In this week's episode we talk with author Willa Goodfellow on her journey with Bipolar II Disorder. Willa is an Episcopal priest turned author (Prozac Monologues) who talked to us about her turbulent mental health journey. From an antidepressant-induced hypomania episode that hijacked her Costa Rican vacation, to the discovery that she had been misdiagnosed, and to learning how to manage life on the bipolar spectrum. Willa shares with us how her Bipolar Disorder went undetected for years since it was seen as depression, and it wasn't until her partner was able to help her advocate for treatment that Willa was able to find stability and recovery. 

Bipolar II Disorder: A type of bipolar disorder characterized by depressive and hypomanic episodes. It involves at least one depressive episode lasting at least two weeks and at least one hypomanic episode lasting at least four days. Depressive symptoms include sadness or hopelessness. Hypomanic symptoms include a persistently elevated or irritable mood. Treatment includes counseling and medications, such as mood stabilizers.

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