Meet the Bipolar Babe – Founder of the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia

The Bipolar Burble blog welcomes Andrea Paquette – an advocate, writer, and most of all a stigma stomper. Andrea created the Bipolar Babe project in May of 2009 and is the founder and Executive Director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC. Andrea shares her struggles with bipolar disorder and her newfound desire to connect and educate others.

Bipolar Disorder and the Bipolar Babe

Bipolar disorder has made me fly so high as to literally see a blanket of stars beneath my feet in an insane and torrid psychosis. At one moment I was a young career woman, even a nominee for a member of parliament at the age of 26, but in the next breath, a sufferer, a patient, and in my own mind, a failure. Just as so many others with bipolar disorder, I fell into the depths of pure and utter pain and of self-medication with drugs and alcohol. I could not taste my food, nor care that I could not. Life was beyond meaningless, it actually became a nuisance.

The Bipolar Babe has a Psychotic Break

My first bipolar psychotic break took place in the winter of 2005 when I believed I was Eve from the Garden of Eden and tapped on my neighbour’s door, naked, requesting a meeting with Adam. In the throes of a bipolar psychosis, I believed there was to be a rally outside my window celebrating my new life as the next coming of Christ. As religious overtones swept over my psychotic mind, so did the reality that I was soon homeless, jobless, and penniless thanks to the roughshod the symptoms of my bipolar disorder had run over my life. I was soon involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric ward in an Ottawa hospital. I was afraid to shower, too sick to eat and became a prisoner of pale pyjamas and pea soup.


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