Hello and welcome to Authentic Truths. My name is Lisa, and I am grateful you stopped by.
Why do I write and speak on the topic of mental health, namely bipolar disorder?
I remember being diagnosed with Bipolar like it was yesterday. I had been involuntarily committed and was hot and furious. After my evaluation, I was asked if anyone ever diagnosed me with bipolar. Having NO idea what it was, I adamantly said NO. I do not have bipolar. My experience with bipolar in my early 20’s was minimal, and my interpretation had mostly come from what I saw on TV.
Even in my denial, they kindly advised me to research, talk to my therapist, and evaluate my own thoughts. It didn’t take long before I knew they were right. Not only did I have this mental health disorder then, but I had carried it for a very long time.
My guess is the abuse I endured as a very young child, which began around 6 or 7, had forever changed the way my brain would function, eventually leading to those misfires and imbalances we’ve come to understand.
Early on, it was a taboo topic that people feared and looked down upon. All mental health was about being crazy, depression was not being ‘happy enough’ or unmotivated to embrace life. Add in the Christian element, and I was told I wasn’t trusting God enough and that I needed prayer and deliverance (not untrue, but illogical in the sense they meant). One person even thought a visit to the Catholic church would remove the ‘demons in my brain.’
Before it became a trend, I began talking about my fight with bipolar disorder. I led Christian support groups for depression- interestingly everyone but CHRISTIANS showed up. I incorporated mental health in my role as a Sunday school teacher, women’s ministry participant, and faith leader. Though my goal was to make others comfortable with the topic of mental illness, and give them a familiar face to understand it better, I was gifted with courage I’d never experienced, and a voice I didn’t know I had.
The person I was pre-diagnosis, versus the person I am today, seem foreign to each other, yet both are me. I am a transformed warrior for Christ. I would be unable to embrace my whole story if I left part of it behind.
This is my authentic truth- a place to share my journey, to uplift, encourage, and empower those fighting just like me. You are a valuable, worthy, and loved child of God. Whether you are moving in the neutral zone, looking up from the depths of depression, or flying high trying to maintain the mania- you are loved.
I currently manage a local church, with a family of believers I love. I enjoy volunteering as a Stephen Minister and being able to walk alongside others in their time of need. I am an animal lover (former assistant to the director at this fantastic location), beach enthusiast, and enjoy hiking, museums, and eating out. Fun fact-I love to sing but you don’t want to hear me do it.
If you are looking for support and understanding, you have come to the right place. I am a published writer, motivational speaker, and energized Christ-follower. Welcome to Authentic Truths!
“Praying for you and yours, Lisa. To me, you are a David, a true hero and giant-killer.” -AT Follower
About the Blog
You will not find a niche blog here.
Though my primary focus is sharing life relating to bipolar disorder as a Christian, I aim to share the authentic truth of my journey through depression, mania, anxiety, parenting through addiction and substance abuse, poetry, and midlife changes. I also enjoy writing a daily mental health devotional, “Daily Dose.” Each of these areas involves a distinct connection and healing through Jesus Christ. If you are battling mental illness or an empty nest, I invite you to come along, be inspired and encouraged, find relatable content, and a friend who understands.
You can search the following category titles:
- Authentic Truths (Christian based content, random musings, and thought provoking ideas)
- Lost & Found-empty nest and identity
- Bipolar Life-including my journal and helpful tips to manage Bipolar Disorder/Depression/Anxiety
- Daily Dose-mental health devotional
- Addiction Sucks-journey through helping a child with addiction
- Five minute Friday-31-Day Challenge