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Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker from the Pacific Northwest. She specializes in writing about bipolar disorder, depression, pharmacology, and other mental health issues. Her expertise has been sought after by academics and reporters, she is to be featured in an upcoming documentary on bipolar disorder, and she has been a speaker at the National Council Mental Health and Addictions conference. She was named the second most influential online depression writer by

Natasha has written the award-winning blog the Bipolar Burble, detailing life with bipolar disorder, for ten years. She also writes Breaking Bipolar at, garnering three back-to-back Web Health Awards, as well as the blog Bipolar Bites at She also serves as a subject matter expert on bipolar disorder at

Natasha Tracy is also an accomplished speaker, was the keynote speaker at the Family Conference in Vancouver in 2013, and talked to over 800 teens for the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia last year alone.

Natasha prides herself on providing accurate, well-researched, and trustworthy mental health information. She believes that knowledge dispels fear and works to educate others about mental illness and to eliminate the discrimination and prejudice people with psychiatric illnesses face.

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Entries by Natasha Tracy

The 3 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want for Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 11:08 AM


People want a lot of things for Christmas. If there were a Santa Claus, I would be asking for a fireplace for my new condo and a gigantic gift certificate to Design Within Reach. However, as there isn't a Santa...

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Do the Mentally Ill Have to Be Extraordinary to Be Accepted?

(10) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:15 PM

There is a pervasive myth out there that people with bipolar disorder are geniuses. There is a pervasive myth out there that people with schizophrenia are tremendous artists. There is a pervasive myth out there that people with mental illnesses are destined for brilliant, world-class things.

Well, we...

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Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder? You've Got This

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:50 PM


One of the most challenging times for people with bipolar disorder is when they're first diagnosed. The moment a doctor tells you that you have a mental illness can be one of the worst moments of your life. Fear, hopelessness...

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Renaming 'Mental Illness' to 'Brain Disorder' Will Not Erase the Stigma

(12) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:18 PM


Recently, I was giving a talk on mental illness to a group of teachers. One of the teachers in the back raised her hand and asked why I was using the term, "mental illness," rather than "brain disorder." In fact, she...

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