I’m not a writer or a poet. I have no talent in that respect. I am an artist, but not with words. There is no beauty in the way I write – just pure honesty. The initial reason I started The Manic Years was due to a therapy assignment where I could express my own encounters with day to day struggles.

About Me.

After ten years of battling with my mood states (or seasons), and a long road of identity crisis I finally got diagnosed as having Bipolar Disorder (type 2).

I wanted to share these short (and sometimes rather embarrasing!) encounters of my emotional turbulance, as I am developing the understanding in which honesty is a valuable tool that can be used to reach out and help people to open up about their own sufferings.

This blog is my personal journey of striving towards stability, with an aim to contribute towards breaking down the stigma that has a hold over mental heath and hopefully reach out to others who are struggling with similar issues.


Sharing Stories – a collection of stories about mental health.

In 2016, many of you offered to share your own experiences with mental heath struggles. This lead to the feature Sharing Stories, a collection of tales from the public on a wide variety of conditions and disorders. The stories have had great feedback, with each story reaching out to people on a personal level and helping provide relatable content to those who are suffering. You can find the collection of stories by our brave warriors here.



The Conversations – open discussions about mental health experiences.

The Conversations is a new feature which began in May, 2017, where I had the pleasure of meeting individuals across the UK, to have a casual and open conversations over coffee about their experiences and struggles. The conversations were audio recorded, and later transcribed for publication on the site, which portray the raw realism of mental health. You can read The Conversations here, and keep you eyes peeled for more to come across the summer.



Warning – ***some posts may trigger***


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Email ~ themanicyears@gmail.com

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26 thoughts on “About

  1. Megan, thanks so much for visiting my site and choosing to follow along. You’re on an important journey of self-discovery. Stability will come and go. I’ve found that how I live between those moments is even more important. I so look forward to reading more.

  2. Megan, thank you so much for the follow. I am glad you have given a voice to your experience. I have found that not only does blogging help me process what is going on in my head, but it has led me to other blogs, like yours, and helped me to realize that I am not alone in my struggles. God bless you as you work through these rough times. Much love and hugs to you!

  3. Love the name of your blog–and the hilarious photo!

    It is obvious that you have learned–as I have–to laugh at your illness at times, as if seeing it objectively–your symptoms exhibited in a slapstick comedy of the silent film era, in which you are Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, or Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle!

    Keep up the humor–it’s the best medicine of all!

    And thank you for following my blog!

  4. Megan – You are brave to step out into the blogging world and I applaud you for that 10,000 times over. Your blog is timely and in spite of what you write about words not being your forte, you are darn good at painting a picture with them. I’ve been a mental health advocate for many years and you are a fresh face that’s needed desperately. We needed individuals such as yourself leading the groups who can help the rest of us understand exactly what it is that you are going through.
    Not all of my blogs are mental health but a good many are. My husband was diagnosed as bipolar at age 40 and it’s the manic times that have been the most difficult for me, his wife to understand.
    I’ll be back as often as possible to check on your subsequent posts and thanks for checking in. That’s the way I normally find some of the best blogs I follow.

    • Bless you Sheri, it is always comforting to hear such words – I’m glad we found each other. I’ll look forward to reading more of your content, I see you have a very lively and sociable site which is always great to be part of.

      Much thanks for the compliment 🙂

      M x

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