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Rock Steady Review, Questions, and Bipolar Comedy

This morning I’ve been reading Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney to review it for This Zine #3. While I’m not going to post my review here (you’ll have to wait for the zine), I will say I’m enjoying it very much! I loved Ellen’s previous book Marbles (a New York Times bestseller), and this follow-up book is every bit as good. I also recorded a question for a new song about everyone’s questions they are having right now because of the racist events happening in the world today. My question is: Why must we face so much hate… until we see the Pearly Gates? Whenever the song is released I’ll post a link to it on this blog. Another thing I did this morning was watching a comedy routine on YouTube about bipolar disorder by Jennifer Aboki (@jenaboki). You might not get some of the jokes unless you either have bipolar disorder or know someone well who does. The whole thing resonated with me, made me laugh, and made me think about including humor in This Zine. Though mental illness can be a heavy topic, there’s clearly room for some levity and for laughing at ourselves.

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This Dave Has Issues

I’m going to use this blog as both an informational blog about TZHI as well as a personal blog. If you want to filter my personal blog posts, click on “Uncategorized” for informational posts about TZHI. I’m going to write here about my personal journey with Bipolar I Disorder as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and label those posts with “This Dave Has Issues”. Since I don’t journal, this blog will serve as an online journal of sorts. My Noom coach (who is awesome, btw) suggested that I look for ways to help cope with my emotions (both positive and negative) that don’t involve comfort eating, one of my biggest obstacles to losing weight. One idea I had was to blog daily. So here it is – my first personal post. This morning I woke up early and worked on stuff for This Zine. I found some great art and poetry that I’m hoping to publish in the next issue, #3: Bipolar Disorder. I’ve contacted the poets and artists, with a few writing me back already. Today I’m pretty hyped about my Nooming, and if you sign up from the links in this post, you can Noom too for a cool 20% off the regular price, and I’ll get $20. (shameless promotion). Anyway, thanks to Noom‘s encouragement, I got in about 5,000 steps today before 9 am by going for a long walk around the neighborhood. If you have any questions about Noom or anything else for that matter, please email me at thiszinehasissues@gmail.com.

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TZHI #1 & 2 in France

I’m very happy to say that ten copies each of TZHI #1 & 2 are presently on their way to France. When I started This Zine I hoped that it would be helpful for a lot of people, but I had no idea that it would go as far as France. Amped!

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TZHI#3: Bipolar Disorder

The topic for This Zine Has Issues #3 will be Bipolar Disorder. My diagnosis is Bipolar I, so this will be a very important issue to me. I’ve already gotten some great submissions relating to Bipolar Disorder, and I’m hoping to get more. Please consider submitting your work for publication in TZHI#3. The link to submit is here.