“experience lost: the jakestar movemnt podcast”

After 8 years of stability living with bipolar mood disorder, jakestar was sectioned on the John Cade unit of the Royal Melbourne hospital in February of 2017 because the intensity of jakestar’s manic state had made jakestar a danger to jakestar and to society. This was jakestar’s first hospitalisation since the winter of 2008. jakestar has had three acute bipolar periods in jakestar’s adult life: 2001-2003 in Sackville (New Brunswick); 2006-2008 in Calgary (Alberta), Whistler (British Columbia) and Halifax (Nova Scotia); 2017-2019 in Melbourne (Australia), South Maitland (Nova Scotia) and London (England).

The podcast captures jakestar’s struggles to return to even keel after jakestar was discharged in March 2017 while experiencing acute manic relapses and unpredictable bouts of acute bipolar depression. jakestar began recording the podcast in July 2017. Since that time, despite the instability in jakestar’s mood state, jakestar finished jakestar’s PhD thesis, graduating in April 2018, and began to work professionally that same month as a neuroscientist at Imperial College London.

The podcast structure is stream of consciousness, where jakestar simply goes for a walk and begins talking (while recording jakestar’s voice through jakestar’s bose headphones). Apologies if the levels are low and/or inconsistent across episodes.

I hope you find these recordings useful if you also struggle with managing a mental illness, as jakestar’s struggle to find even keel again during this recent acute phase of jakestar’s bipolar mood disorder experience is still an ongoing process that tends to dominate the podcasts. Hidden among the mood journal type focus, jakestar is still trying to figure out what the jakestar movemnt actually is. jakestar recommends that you start from the first episodes as the pods are quasi serial in content 😉

Bipolar mood disorder, or manic depression, involves periods of both depression and mania. They can both be extremely destructive when severe in nature. jakestar was diagnosed in the winter of 2001.

jakestar was approved as a BipolarUK support group co-facilitator for central London in January 2019. Click here for more info on the charity.