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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 search of my missing pieces) is a bipolar and autistic transgender person (he/him pronouns) and a PhD student 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

5 tips to living your best life with bipolar disorder

I’m medication resistant, meaning that meds don’t fully stabilize my cycling. I’ll never be the person who can say “nobody even knows I am bipolar”. In fact, I have to disclose my bipolar disorder to most of the people I work with, due to how it impacts my working hours. I’ve tried every atypical antipsychotic … Read More

Everything Else

by Elliot Gavin Keenan, 11/29/16 Originally published in gravel magazine in 2017; as of 9/24/21, no longer available on their website. Mozart was crazy. Flat fucking crazy. Batshit, I hear. But his music’s not crazy; it’s balanced, it’s nimble, it’s crystalline clear. There’s harmony, logic. You listen to these, you don’t hear his doubts or … Read More

How does lithium work?

Ah, lithium; it’s been our gold-standard treatment for bipolar disorder for many years, and can work for people who have failed other drug trials. It is also one of the only drugs known to decrease the risk of suicide1. But how does it work? It’s a bit more complicated to understand than, for example, an … Read More

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