HANNAH BLUM: I am beyond a hopeless romantic. I love love, and I think that it's the most genuine, beautiful thing in the world.
I started collecting vintage love letters about a year and a half ago. People put their true feelings into these letters, and it's beautiful because you can feel their vulnerability. And I need to get more of that. So that's where I look for that inspiration.
I am an individual that lives with bipolar disorder, and I definitely every single day feel something. The average dating scene is pretty rough. Dating definitely gets more difficult when you have a mental illness, like bipolar disorder. People just have such a horrific image of what mental illness looks like. You're just always on edge when you're dating. You're petrified of judgment and rejection.
Revealing your diagnosis when you're dating really depends on you, and it definitely depends on the other person. I am not for revealing it right in the beginning. And that's not obviously because I'm ashamed. You feel obligated to walk in, hey, my name is Hannah, by the way, I have bipolar disorder, as if you committed a crime and you're on the run. I just want to let you know, I'm wanted for something, so if you're cool with that. I believe they have to get to know you as an individual. And when you feel comfortable, that's when you should reveal it.
In relationships, it's very difficult to trust. And I know you can't have a relationship without trust, but you're handing over all of your weapons to someone and just hoping they're not going to use those weapons against you. Because they know all they have to do is say to someone is, it didn't work out. She's got bipolar disorder. And most of the time, that person is going to go, oh, wow, thank god you got out of that.
So far with dating, it's been a good mix. And the people that are curious about it, they want to know more information because they don't know about mental illness, which I'm happy to share with them. So I meet great people that are very accepting of it. I think it says something so powerful about an individual that embraces that fact. So definitely a lot of good experiences.
The things that keep me entertained is creativity. I love doing video projects. I love writing. And my family and friends. My family's number one always. That always keeps me going.
I have an incredible group of friends. Even though I have bipolar disorder, we're all struggling when it comes to dating, so I think that we help each other out. I'm really focused on my career as a blogger in advocacy. The people I'm in touch with every day that reach out to me are so inspirational.
I blog about mental health. The most popular topic is love and romance and dating with mental illness. The reaction that I get is people relating to what I'm saying and sharing their own experience with me.
I feel their empathy, and they're brilliant and they're creative. And the worst part about it is that they feel unlovable. I believe there is someone out there for all of them, and I think there is definitely someone out there for me, too.