Hello, my name is Paul.
Little bit about myself: I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I grew up in a middle class neighborhood and the most important things were family and football, and of course food and spirits also played a big part later in my life.
I went to art and design school in Louisiana from 1994-95. In school I had the privilege to take classes in painting, engraving, sculpture, drawing and I also studied design and advertising.
I’ve been working for an amazing ad agency in San Diego for about 15 years now. It’s been quite a roller coaster ride as anyone in advertising would understand. Although, doing art for commerce is a great way to make a living. Helping people grow their business and become much larger brands is an amazing process to watch and be apart of. It’s fun working on brands like ASICS, Cobra golf, Yamaha Watercraft, Clarisonic, Newcastle just to name a few through the years. These brands have all prospered and certainly have grown their businesses over time with the help of our agency.
About 6 years ago I was diagnosed bipolar. The day I was diagnosed I was really distraught and thinking no way I have a mental disorder. It can’t be. And then I thought how will people treat me if they find out. Who should I tell and why.
Every day it’s been a struggle in life and work ever since. It certainly isn’t an easy thing to deal with, and anyone who goes through the illness will certainly have a better understanding of my situation in life. I take numerous meds every day to help me balance out my moods. It slows things down a bit, doesn’t stop it. With bipolar disorder meds become a trial and error method of treatment. Some earlier meds made me feel so bad. It was terrible. Every time I would take a new med, it became a heightened fear of what the hell is this med going to do to me. I’ve suffered from time to time and even had to leave work because the side effects were so bad. Then you get a new med and so on until something helps.
I started reading up about bipolar constantly. Anything I could get my hands on I would read it. Certainly helped my accept my disorder, and gave me better knowledge. Also, learned about how it effects you and that it’s hereditary. One unique thing I discovered is that some of the most creative, influential people in the world throughout time were/are bipolar.
I could go on for days about which ones are bipolar, just to name a few: Abraham Lincoln, Sir Winston Churchill, Jackson Pollock, Edgar Allen Poe, Beethoven, Mozart, Elvis. You see a pattern, everyone from Presidents, to painters, to writers, to composers, to singers etc. were/have suffered from mental illness. Despite their disorder these people went on to do great things and helped change the world in the process. Although some of them had their life cut short due to suicide. Bipolar disorder has the highest risk of suicide than any other mental illness.
Which leads me to where I am now. I wanted to create a blog that has meaning to all the things I go through in life regarding bipolar disorder. And it was drawing from famous bipolar people which gave me that. Why famous bipolar people, because despite the disorder and everything else they had to face in life they achieved great things. I wanted to do collage because I think the nature of it, the way it’s made is a great medium in which to talk about mental illness and it’s many facets.
This blog is my expression of the world of bipolar people. it’s for everyone to enjoy.
I certainly hope you do!
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Special thank you to my family, my wife Ariana, daughter Caitlyn and sons Connor and Carter. I love you with all my heart!!!
I couldn’t live life without you!