Story & Vision
Xanthe Wyse was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder in her forties after being diagnosed for over 20 years with treatment resistant depression with anxiety. Treatment resistant because medications could never fix it.
There were times when Xanthe was a science teacher, a music teacher and an award-winning entrepreneur. She also won a major prize in an Australasian writing competition. Then there have been times of great loss and pain and severe illness resulting in hospitalisation.
Currently, she is still very unwell and she struggles to remember what day of the week it is and what she did or wrote even seconds ago (making it incredibly challenging to write a book or to keep a job).
Xanthe has suffered extreme physical and psychological pain. She doesn't want to focus on the pain and loss. Listening to music and painting helps relieve anxiety plus release 'stuck' emotions.
Despite these challenges, she is being creative in helping herself to remember by taking photos and doing art to help plan themes for novels she is writing about a character with bipolar disorder. She wants to focus on some amusing and creative aspects rather than all the pain.
Her vision is to hold an exhibition (well more than one exhibition, somehow) when at least one book has been completed (a huge endeavour when her brain keeps forgetting yet also remembers). To raise awareness of bipolar disorder which has significant stigma.