Sasha Kildare, an educator, is at work on a memoir of mania, depression, addiction, and recovery—she blogs about storytelling at DrivenToTellStories.com.

Blogs and Articles

Stealth Health: Strength Training On A Busy Schedule

Sasha Kildare
June 1, 2015

One mom’s creative solution for fitting workouts into her hectic daily life.   By Sasha Kildare   Come on mom, do handstands with me. Let’s see who can hold one the longest,” challenged my 11-year-old daughter. The girl knows her mom will do anything to get her offspring away from mind-numbing texting and social media....

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Bipolar and Spring Mania: 5 Steps to Reduce Symptoms

Sasha Kildare
August 7, 2014

Seasonal patterns of mania can give that phrase “spring fever” a whole new meaning when living with bipolar disorder. By Sasha Kildare Spring is synonymous with renewal, romance … and, for some with bipolar disorder, relapse. “It’s true that my phones do ring a lot in March,” says Chris Aiken, MD, director of the Mood...

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Mindful Eating: Tips on How To Make Better Food Choices

Sasha Kildare
August 7, 2014

Take a multi-pronged approach to changing your diet so your brain can do it’s best. How do different foods affect mood? It’s an important question when you are trying to keep bipolar disorder in balance, and one that science has been striving to answer—with varying results. The current consensus seems to be that no one...

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Managing My Irritability Before Depression & Mania Take Hold

Sasha Kildare
July 1, 2014

Being able to identify the intense spells of irritability that usually precede hypomania or depression is vital for managing my bipolar disorder. Some folks rely on the stock market index to manage their accumulated wealth. I rely on my irritability index to manage my mental health. When my co-worker’s habit of ending every sentence with...

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Bipolar, Food & Mood: My Battle of the Binge

Sasha Kildare
January 1, 2014

One woman’s story of taming her intense cravings and calming her habitual binge eating to keep her diet (and bipolar disorder moods) in balance. My co-worker carefully extricates her lunch from the toaster oven. The slice of leftover pizza, cheese dripping over its edges, smells divine. She observes me plopping frozen spinach, grilled chicken, and...

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Bipolar & Getting Out of Bed

Sasha Kildare
February 7, 2013

Quieting your mind and getting some decent shut-eye can be difficult, but we have some tips on how to sleep better By Sasha Kildare   I just can’t compete in the sleep-stakes. “I get all the Girl Scouts paperwork done after midnight. It’s so quiet then.” “Don’t stress out about dinner. Just use a crock...

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