Annie Powell: Climbing Out Of Depression And Bipolar Disorder Through Running

RB61: Annie Powell – Climbing Out Of Depression And Bipolar Disorder Through Running

Annie Powell - Own It Daily

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Today’s guest is Annie Powell. After experiencing postpartum depression after her second pregnancy and struggling with bipolar type II and general anxiety disorder, Annie turned her passion of running and fitness into a tool to help her get her life back on track. Annie does not hide her struggles with mental health, in fact she uses it to help others by sharing her experiences with others through her blog, Own It Daily.

In this episode, Annie shares her personal struggles, her comeback, and her mission to help others who may be struggling with mental illness empower themselves and find the help that they need.  Annie not only shares her powerful message with us today, but we talk about how life challenges and running are interrelated and she shares her tips on how to get through tough runs, whether you are tired, lost your motivation or your mind just wants to give up on you.


Show Notes:

In today’s show, we discuss:

  • How prevalent postpartum depression is and how it most likely is an underestimated number due to the negative perceived stigmas of mental illness. Annie describes the symptoms and onset of it shortly after her second pregnancy with her twin boys in 2010.
  • How thoughts of suicide and a short trip to the ER helped her realize that something else was going on and that this was not a normal form of depression or fatigue.
  • How running and fitness has always been a part of her life, however in 2014 after being diagnosed with type II bipolar disorder after a 72 hour manic episode with no sleep, it became a more important form of self care.
  • How Annie uses fitness to help others who may be struggling with similar feelings and thoughts.
  • The Runner’s High
  • How running is a metaphor for life and how life can prepare you for the mental side of running, and how running can help prepare you for challenges in life.
  • Tips for getting through tough runs by changing your perspective.
  • The time challenges of running and how ‘consistency of exercise’ can create more efficiency in our lives.
  • How, as parents we can model for our children healthy lifestyles so that our children have an improved chance of living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Favorite running moment: Running with her father and finishing a race with her dad.
  • Favorite running tip:  Don’t judge a run by the first mile.  We discuss why it sometimes takes a few miles to really get into a run and to a point where you can enjoy it.

To learn more about Annie, you can contact her or follow her at:

Own It Daily (blog)

Annie Powell on Twitter

Annie Powell on Facebook

Annie Powell on Pinterest


Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Resources

If you are struggling or have had thoughts of suicide, please let someone know. There are so many resources that are private and confidential that can help. Here are just a few:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

International Association for Suicide Prevention

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