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BipolarCoaster is a blog about the ups and downs of bipolar disorder as well as other neurodivergencies, including autism and ADHD.

Elliot Gavin Keenan, author of On Being Insane (in sane places), is a bipolar and autistic transgender person (he/him pronouns) and a PhD Candidate studying psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

You can find links to all of my published works on the writing tab, and you can find my other information on my Carrd.

Latest from the Blog

1. Does loneliness warp the mind?

I’ve often experienced loneliness as a toxin. A chemical that corrodes, gnaws through my bones a chasm, a gaping wound in the depths of my ribcage. This characteristic feeling alerts me to the river tide drawing me in, the cosmic forces of mania & depression. It is a fundamental emptiness; it destroys everything, it leaves … Read More

Bipolar Disorder vs. Manic Depression

If you’ve heard anything about the term “manic depression”, you might know that it is an older term for bipolar disorder. Here’s my unpopular opinion: “bipolar disorder” is a less accurate and more dehumanizing term than “manic depression”.  Why? There are several reasons. The new name “bipolar disorder” was coined for the wrong reasons, and … Read More

Communication Styles in Neurodivergent People

About two weeks ago, my cousin’s husband died from SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). He showed no signs of having experienced a seizure (no biting his tongue, for example); he simply went to bed one night and never woke up. He is bereaved by his daughter, who turned 7 years old a few days … Read More

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