I’m now a 41 year old single mum, and I’ve grown up to become a dental surgeon and owner of 2 successful dental practices. I have Bipolar. I started writing my story in 2014, after my 2nd suicide attempt. Originally, it was only as part of my therapy, almost like vomiting when you feel sick to feel better afterwards, but then the more I wrote, the more I wanted to write.
<p>Bipolar Activist And Writer Publishes Moving Poem “You Start Dying Slowly”
Maya Johnson, a 41-year old mother, dental surgeon, and owner of two
successful dental practices, is a living, breathing example of what a life with
Bipolar disorder can mean for the afflicted. Passionate about her advocacy work
in the realm of bipolar awareness, and also an individual who struggles with the
disease every single day, Johnson expresses her fears, emotions, and experiences
with the disorder through writing and prose on her digital platform.
Johnson originally started writing in 2014 as apart of her therapy after her second
suicide attempt, and quickly learned that expressing the heavy weight of her
bipolar emotions through creative writing expression was incredibly moving and
therapeutic for her. Two years later, she’s writing any second she gets a break
from her dental profession to share her message with friends, family, and other
individuals stricken by mental illness.
“Bipolar disorder is a classic example of a mental disease with little understanding
and information surrounding it,” said Johnson. “It comes with constant anguish,
suffering, and depression, and it can be the hardest thing in the world some days.
That’s why I want to pen my story, word-by-word, poem-by-poem, for everyone
else like me in need of support and encouragement.”
Johnson’s Word Press blog features stories, poems, and information on Bipolar
disorder to help all site visitors get a better understanding of the disease and its
Her latest poem, You Start Dying Slowly, perfectly encapsulates her talent for
expressing the raw emotions and elements interwoven in all mental illness.
Though it can be emotionally heavy to read, the reader is left enlightened and in
awe by the end of the piece.