440 | Bipolar and ADHD: A Personal Narrative with Kimberly McColl

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In this episode, Eric is joined by Kimberly McColl, a recovering academic living in Nashville, which is where she was diagnosed with ADHD in February 2021. Kimberly was also diagnosed with bipolar II in 2008. Her recent diagnosis has caused her to rethink the narrative she has told herself her entire life. Currently, she is learning more about ADHD and trying to give herself more grace and forgiveness.

You’ll hear Eric and Kimberly talk about her journey as a recovering academic, some of the key differences between bipolar I and II, the ways she experiences her ups and downs, and shares her insights about hyperfocus.

Then, Kimberly shares the ways she distinguishes her experiences with dopamine-seeking with ADHD and bipolar, racing thoughts and mania, what shows up externally for her, and the positive impact community has had in her life.

Finally, she shares what a person could do if they are considering support or getting diagnosed with bipolar, how stories and narratives may be connected to memory, and the importance of being kind to yourself.

Other Questions & Topics in this Episode:

How did Kimberly get through school without being diagnosed? What was the experience of getting diagnosed with bipolar II? What are some of the most frustrating myths about bipolar disorder for Kimberly? What is an experience that people without bipolar disorder may not understand? How could a person capture the lost experiences of a period of time? What is the first step to take if I am considering seeking support about bipolar?

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

App: Daylio – Self-Care Bullet Journal with Goals – Mood Diary & Happiness Tracker Mentioned: The Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted Check out the Other Podcasts on the ADHD reWired Podcast Network:

adhdessentials.com with Brendan Mahan hackingyouradhd.com with Will Curb adhddiversified.ca with MJ Siemens

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