Wendy Williamson had her first manic episode while studying at Virginia Tech, eight weeks before graduation. It was then she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type I. After being downsized from corporate America, Wendy wrote her memoir of honesty and hope entitled I’m Not Crazy Just Bipolar. She co-wrote her second book: Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival: Tips for Living With Bipolar Disorder with author Honora Rose. Wendy writes for BPHope.com and The The Huffington Post. She has written for: BP Magazine, Bipolar Disorder for Dummies: 2nd Edition and The Two River Times. Her book has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and National Alliance on Mental Illness’ The Advocate. Wendy is the founder of The Red Bank Writers Group and has been interviewed on over forty radio stations worldwide. Catch up with Wendy on Twitter and at her website.

Blogs and Articles

Handling (And Preventing) Winter Mania

Wendy K. Williamson
February 23, 2015

I feel my winter mania stirring––that familiar, odd, and uncomfortable feeling that a storm is on the way. And, no matter what I do, that storm always gets worse if I let it build for too long. Okay, so I haven’t made a snowman yet this year and while there were plenty of opportunities, I...

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Go, Fight, Win! Fighting for Your Meds

Wendy K. Williamson
January 31, 2015

Well, it’s that time of year where our insurance can buck us off our steady, trusted brand medication. It’s not the generics I’m talking about. Those don’t cause our anxiety-ridden trips to the pharmacy every January. I’m taking our life-saving, brand medications. The ones that could, at retail, pay for one semester’s community college tuition bill. Those...

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Sailing Along

Wendy K. Williamson
November 18, 2014

I woke up today wondering what to blog about. Ever the obscure, sensitive writer, I decided to scrap my completed one from last night. I can’t tell you how often I’ve had this urge. The tip today is: Go easy. Change your sails but know you can only do this; you can’t change the wind. And by...

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Wellness is a Verb

Wendy K. Williamson
November 4, 2014

I used to think wellness was a destination. If you do all of these things (insert list here), you will be declared by yourself or someone else to be “well.” However, after looking back on periods of stability, and my current action plan, I realize wellness isn’t a destination or – more importantly – a...

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Gratitude: A Vital (But Easily Forgotten) Part of Stability

Wendy K. Williamson
October 12, 2014

It’s so easy to downplay the importance of gratitude ––especially while you are navigating the aftermath or a depressive of manic episode. So try leaving yourself tiny ‘reminders’ everywhere. Have you ever had blessings that leave you exhausted? This is the first year the scales have been tipped in my favor. I earned it, though...

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Is Mania Around The Corner? 9 Strategies To Help You Combat It

Wendy K. Williamson
September 10, 2014

If you’re feeling manic, get to know your pattern––like rapid speech or impulsive spending. Then use some tried-and-true coping strategies; here are nine: The end of August and beginning of September is the worst time of year for me mania-wise. I’m on spending lockdown, when all I want to do is shop on-line and plan...

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