Carrie Cantwell is an Emmy-nominated film industry graphic designer with bipolar disorder. She grew up with a dad who had bipolar and whom she lost to suicide. She has written a book entitled Daddy Issues: A Bipolar Memoir, about how accepting her diagnosis taught her to forgive her dad and herself. Her blog is Darkness & Light.

Blogs and Articles
A woman looks out the window into the sunlight. Represents managing bipolar symptoms during isolation.

Clutter-free—The Bipolar Way

Carrie Cantwell
December 8, 2020

If I’m depressed, a messy house adds to my overwhelming sense of dread. Depression already makes me self-critical. If I see unfolded laundry, dirty dishes, and full to-do lists, my self-esteem suffers all the more. Because I have bipolar II disorder, I struggle with a tumultuous mind. I need my surroundings to be peaceful and clutter-free....

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Giving Myself Credit for Overcoming the Odds

Carrie Cantwell
December 1, 2020

Prior to my diagnosis of bipolar, my life was marked by constant change that elated and destroyed me over and over again. With treatment and hard work, I’ve learned how to manage my moods and find stability. It’s about time, I think, to recognize how far I’ve come. I love a good whodunit. The second...

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10 Strategies for Getting Through the Holiday Season

Carrie Cantwell
November 30, 2020

Times have been tough. But so are we. The end-of-year holidays can be difficult any year, and, this time around, they pose new challenges to our mood and well-being. Let’s not forget: Living with bipolar has taught us how to navigate through uncertainty. Here are the coping skills I’ve been relying on to remain stable...

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How I Keep Loneliness at Bay During the Holidays

Carrie Cantwell
November 10, 2020

I’ve found that the holiday season can stir up strong feelings of loneliness. With so much emphasis on family, I’m repeatedly reminded of personal losses and how bipolar has disrupted my past. Now, I turn to specific coping strategies that allow me to experience the holidays with more gratitude and cheer. I often find myself...

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Why (and How) I Wait to Make Important Decisions

Carrie Cantwell
September 30, 2020

With bipolar disorder comes impulsivity. After dealing with the fallout of decisions made in haste or when unwell, I know it’s essential to take my time when making choices that could have a substantial impact on my life. Here’s how I move forward when faced with big decisions. Bipolar Disorder & Living in a State...

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How Nurturing My Creativity Keeps Me Stable

Carrie Cantwell
September 9, 2020

Painting and writing help transform the confusing, agitated mental activity of mania—or the heavy thought loops of bipolar depression—into something expressive and creative. My art provides a sense meaning to my struggle and a bit of freedom from my mood episodes. Creative Energy & Bipolar Disorder Like many people who live with bipolar disorder, I’m...

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