Jocelyn Fryer, Author at OC87 Recovery Diaries

Author: Jocelyn Fryer

A rather eclectic creature, as an English literature major, in her academic capacity, Jocelyn Fryer’s published work in English in Africa and on has sought to reframe discussions around more inclusive and welcoming urban spaces, within the context of a still relatively new democracy in South Africa. Meanwhile in her more personal life, since her diagnosis with bipolar disorder in 2013, from an online column on the subject, to her own blog, Jocelyn has dedicated herself to writing openly on living with the condition, trying to distil the human experience from an oftentimes alienating discourse, fighting the stigmatisation of mental health issues. A self-confessed foodie and former feature writer for Food and Home Magazine, Jocelyn is also the author of a collection of essays, Grana, centred on the culinary world, as the binding glue for family, friends and fond memories. A bibliophile through and through, Jocelyn is also a consulting editor in both an academic and prose capacity, while whittling away her spare hours on her first novel and children's book.
The Gentler Lessons of a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

The Gentler Lessons of a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis


Shortly after her first hospitalization and diagnosis of bipolar, Jocelyn fell into a deep depression. While in the hospital, Jocelyn was guided by the beauty of an orchid, sitting on her window sill. Jocelyn found ways to find beauty day to day to help cope with depression and diagnosis, along with therapy and medication. Read more about her story!