Anja Burcak is a freelance journalist and blogger with a passion for mental health advocacy. She often writes about mania, depression, and anxiety, from a first-person perspective. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (Type 1) in 2016, she has insight into the struggles many face with finding the right diagnosis, treatment, and providers. Anja often uses creative approaches for psychoeducational purposes, including forms such as social media posts, drawings, infographics, and photography. She hopes that sharing her story on her The Calculating Mind WordPress blog will create more open, honest conversations about mental illnesses, fighting the stigma one post at a time. She plans to expand to new mediums and platforms, including vlogging, podcasts, mental wellness apps, and blog collaborations. You can follow her on Twitter or her blog.
Blogs and Articles
7 Ways to Avoid the Negative Consequences of “Doom Scrolling”
Are you consuming too much negative news and social media at night? Your lack of restorative sleep, mood triggers, and ramped up anxiety are good reasons to take back control! This year, I feel as if, collectively, we are glued to our screens even more than usual. From Zoom calls to social media scrolling, many of...
6 Creative Ways to Combat Seasonal Triggers in 2020
In a year that has tested all of our tried-and-true coping strategies for our bipolar symptoms, the arrival of a new season presents a new challenge: How can we navigate mood episodes while staying physically distant? Here are my ideas. Season Changes & Mood Disturbances As the seasons change, have you noticed a change in...
How Bipolar Disorder Affected My College Experience
Witnessing students now grappling with disruptions to their education brought to mind the delays and self-perceived “failures” I endured in college because of my developing bipolar. Now I see how those unexpected bumps in the road helped shape who I am. Disruptions in Education, from Crises or Bipolar Disorder This year, students of every grade...
8 Things to Consider when College Is Around the Corner—and You Have Bipolar
Heading off to college is a daunting time, made even more uncertain when you have bipolar. Keep these tips in mind to smooth your path to graduation. As a first-year student preparing for my transition to a new college, living situation, and city, mental illness was not even something on my radar. As someone who...
Overcoming Isolation During Bipolar Depression
For many with bipolar, depressive episodes involve isolating oneself. Knowing the signs can help you find ways of overcoming this challenging symptom. This is Anja Burcak with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today, I will be speaking about bipolar depression and isolation. One of the main problems with my depressive episodes is the act of withdrawing from...
Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Your Physical Health and More? What You Can Do
Bipolar disorder is classified as a “mood disorder” in the DSM-5, but its impact on one’s physical health should not be overlooked. It is clear that a mood disorder would impact one’s mood. However, what people who are not familiar with this condition may not know is that it impacts so many more aspects of...