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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

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

Akathisia: an inability to rest caused by antipsychotics

Akathisia is a clinical term for extreme inner restlessness. People who are experiencing akathisia have great difficulty sitting still, or maybe even sitting at all. I first experienced akathisia on Abilify (which I ultimately discontinued because it gave me a facial dyskinesia), and it continued to plague me as I tried different antipsychotics, such as … Read More

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