Words like wacko, nuts, crazy, loopy, loco, etc., pepper our speech every day. There are phrases, too: not playing with a full deck, the lights are on but nobody’s home, his elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top, and many more. People with mental illness are marginalized, ridiculed, and live under a shroud of stigma.

I defy those attitudes. Recovery from mental illness happens, occurring sometimes boisterously and more often quietly.

I am a middle-aged man winning the battle with bipolar disorder one day at a time. I am not a doctor. However, I am a Certified Peer Specialist licensed by the state I live in.

I am here to share my experience, strength, and hope.

I happen to be gay, and it’s an important part of my life. I’m also sober. I advocate strongly for an honest, open doctor-patient relationship since it works well for me.

My name is Jake.

I happily invite comments and subscribers. Join me on the journey of recovery.

As an aside, I thank the many people who nominate me for awards, but I choose to make this blog free of awards. Please, don’t take it as a rejection. I simply choose to keep this blog about me and my recovery from mental illness.

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  1. Hi,

    I recently found your blog and wanted to reach out. I’m the blog coordinator for EverydayHealth.com. We’re currently recruiting people to write a weekly blog post about various health conditions and I thought you might be interested.

Everyday Health has over 25 million monthly unique visitors to their website, and there is a lot of potential exposure and traffic to come from blogging with the market leader in online health information. It’s also an excellent platform to promote awareness about a condition and any non-profits or other related entities.

Let me know if this is something that you’re interested in and might like to talk more about.

Thanks so much!


Lee M.
    Blog Coordinator, EverydayHealth.com

  2. Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I added you as well. Reading your bio is like reading about myself. We have much in common.

      • hey i suffer from the illness and i think its the lowest ive ever been ive gone thru this for years its an everyday struggle. im tired of.tellin my story n having doctors slap me with anti depressant bandaids i wont.take them i need a case worker or im never goin to get newhere in life n i have so much to give wen im healthy. how.do i get a case worker that will get to know me on personal level n b around for yrs to cum. n my fiance is being drained by this.illness of mine as i treat him like crap wen mymood swings. my biggest fear is.becoming like.the rest of.my fily.my.father homeless for.10yrs now.n my.nana killed herself . im only 26 n im tired of this life.

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