I’m Proud to blog for IBPF and NAMI

I’ve been lucky in that somehow I’ve been picked up as a blogger by International Bipolar Disorder and NAMI but truly for every four submissions I send out to other digital publications, only one gets picked up. I got really close to being picked up by Bipolar Magazine’s digital arm, “Bipolar Hope.” They take a lot of drug company money in terms of advertising and I challenged them by sending a Tardive Dyskinesia story. If I had really wanted the twice monthly opportunity, I should have sent them a glossier blog on a ‘shiny happy people’ (REM song) topic. See, IBPF has the distinction of being totally independent financially from the drug companies, so we bloggers can be a bit more truthful, blunt, even, if the subject is so. But we balance it out by emphasizing that it does get better.

The rest of my submissions are rejected for one reason or another. There was Stigma fighters, I guess that evaluating my 25 year struggle on paper I told too many stories and talked about meds too much. When you develop Tardive Dyskinesia, Sexual Side Effects, Terrible Constipation, Constant hunger and Metabolic syndrome (half-way to diabetes thru no fault of my own…I eat good am very active and slender) it’s pretty hard to ignore the challenges and victories over those problems like they don’t exist,

I mean think about this: How many of us have gained or watched a loved one weight and not be able to lose it after being put on psych meds? There are advances in Western Science and Alternative solutions too, and I want to write about my journey. After all, I’m still alive and pretty happy.

Then there was the ‘seeds of hope’ submission and they objected to too much personal narrative and not enough of a “we can conquer thru ideology” presentation. So I’ve realized that in all this advocacy, I have to nurture myself, focus on what’s really important and develop a thick skin. And to stick to my own platforms, like this blog and the book I am writing. Does anyone else out there ‘feel’ me?

2 thoughts on “I’m Proud to blog for IBPF and NAMI

  1. Yes I feel ya. Need to develop thicker skins first off. My second story was turned down. Real close to publishing, but thought there was too much medical advice in there. I get the point. Looking for a new topic and just got a new computer that I am fighting to learn. I remember a new computer was no big deal. Yikes. Keep on trying. You never know when your break will come.

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    • hi. I’ve been writing my book a lot and since I got wind of Opinionated man I’ve studied, applied and gotten 13 new blog followers in a week. That is unprecedented for me. I’m surprised your story got turned down. What they want to avoid is us talking like we are experts, doctors, authorites. You can easily turn that around by ‘my experience’ or ‘what happened to me was’ or ‘if I’d only tried rotating drugs I might have avoided the side effect’ or ‘If I’d only gone after the losest therapeutic dosage I might have avoided tD.’ type thing. I don’t mean to be an expert myself. Computer teacher coming today. My TD story and Vids are supposed to post end of this week or beginning of next. I have to finish the book though because all this free, uncompensated blogging is sort of like ‘giving away the story’ when in fact I want to finish and upload a few books. Did you hear about ‘fast girl’ by Suzy Favor Hamilton? It hit the NYT bestseller list nonfiction and it blamed bipolar on her becoming and escort in Vegas. Very Stigmatizing. Author blames publisher and ghost writer for the sexualized spin. I found the book in hardback in a frickin airport!!! Talk about distribution muscle.
      Allison

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