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 search of my missing pieces) is a bipolar and autistic trans man and a PhD student studying psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Latest from the Blog

After a suicide attempt

Caution: this post contains explicit discussion of suicide Two days ago (on September 10th) was World Suicide Prevention Day. Although it is important to address prevention of suicide attempts, the strongest predictor of a fatal (or “completed”) suicide is a history of previous, non-fatal suicide attempts. The risk factors for suicide attempts are more diverse … Read More

Bipolar disorder and media consumption

Recently, on Twitter, I confessed that I had not been able to complete reading NeuroTribes (a very interesting book, and also a lengthy one). The other person insisted that a PhD student should be able to read a book and accused me of lacking academic integrity — basically, that I am lazy and don’t deserve … Read More

How to quit smoking (poem)

I’ve been working on this poem for a really long time and it’s included in my new book. This recording has a few errors, but I like its character.

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