Julie Whitehead lives and writes from Mississippi. A reporter for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, she writes on topics concerning mental health, mental health education, and mental health advocacy. Julie was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in her midthirties in 2006. She blogs about her experiences and daily life with bipolar at the site Day by Day. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a journalism emphasis, and a master’s degree in English, both from Mississippi State University. In August 2021, she completed her MFA in creative nonfiction from Mississippi University for Women. Julie can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Blogs and Articles
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Relationships & Bipolar Disclosure—Finding the Right Time to Share

Julie Whitehead
January 31, 2022

Revealing your diagnosis in a relationship can be difficult and feel risky. I prioritize honesty and try to separate reactions from my self-worth. Romance & Revelations Starting a new romantic relationship is often an exciting time. Experiencing new feelings, stretching horizons, and learning about each other is often thrilling, with exciting dates, a longing to...

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Avoiding Holiday Mania

Julie Whitehead
November 25, 2021

In a world that rewards overdoing it, especially around the holidays, it is easy to be tempted into mania. Here is how I stay stable throughout the season. While we are in the thick of the “holiday season”—which, to me, begins with Halloween in October and doesn’t end until Valentine’s Day in February—I have to...

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Establishing a New (Unexpected) Routine

Julie Whitehead
November 9, 2021

When the routine I relied on for years changed suddenly, I found myself with new questions—and opportunities—for how I really wanted to spend my days. Routines & Bipolar Disorder Everyone talks about how important routines are when you live with bipolar disorder. This is because routines often keep us away from unpleasant emotions, such as...

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Overcoming Anger & Finding a Purpose for My Bipolar

Julie Whitehead
September 16, 2021

When mania resulted in hospitalization and a bipolar diagnosis, I struggled with my career, faith, parenting, and more. I wanted answers. But I needed a new purpose. New Struggles & Hard Realizations After Hospitalization for Bipolar I wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until I was 35 years old, in May 2006. I had struggled with...

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Attaining Higher Education with Bipolar Disorder

Julie Whitehead
August 5, 2021

I started college early and pursued multiple degrees in different fields over many years. Navigating it all with bipolar meant overcoming tricky issues of disclosure, accommodation, and managing expectations and emotions. Seeking Dual Enrollment for Higher Education Once the summer of 1987 was over, I went to school on the first day of my senior...

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6 Tips for Medication Management & Consistent Care

Julie Whitehead
June 22, 2021

With bipolar, finding the “right fit” is half the battle—the right providers, treatments, and lifestyle. Here are six ways to streamline your care with medication management. One common facet of life with bipolar is medication management—organizing, understanding, scheduling, paying for, and actually taking your prescriptions, treatments, supplements, and/or vitamins. With so many factors to consider,...

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