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Sydney Batt

February 8, 2019
Hi, my name is Sydney Batt. I am from the Sacramento, California area and I have bipolar II disorder. I was just recently diagnosed at the age of 18, and since then I have been looking for creative outlets to connect with fellow people that also have bipolar disorder. I provide a younger outlook; I am a college student with many school stressors....
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Dear Future Self

February 5, 2019

By: Natalia Beiser 

Dear Future Self,Don’t give up on your dreams. This will be the most difficult time in your life. You have worked hard to be successful, but you feel cheated as you are locked in a psychiatric ward with bars on the windows and a stainless steel bathroom. But everything will work out. You will have to go through a few doctors...
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By: Laura Sanscartier

"I feel fantastic!""Life is so good!""Look at how well I'm doing!"Have you seen a status like this on Facebook or Instagram and felt revulsion toward the person who wrote it? Believe me, I've been there.  For many people, wellness means that life couldn't get any better, and is skyrocketing. But for those of us with bipolar disorder,...
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By: Carissa Martos

For the first time in a decade, I’m on a new mental-health medication.This is a huge event for me, as I have navigated most of my life as someone with anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and chronic pain with…close to nothing, chemically. I’ve been on daily clonazepam, at the same .5 to 1mg dose, for 8 years, and aside from a brief stint on Cymbalta for nerve...
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By: Andrienne Kennedy

If someone had asked me five years ago how do I manage a mental illness, I would have not been able to give an answer. For years, I was uneducated about mental illnesses or mental health all together. That changed back in 2014 when I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, as well as bipolar disorder. Although, I was shocked and ashamed I...
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By: Tosha Maaks

Remaining balanced when you live life with bipolar disorder isn’t some magical trick and it isn’t some tricky formula that only those who have super powers have figured out. However, stability I can say is a magical place to be after years of living in the rat race of mood swing after mood swing. It took years of practice for me and I am just now...
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Letter to an Old Friend

January 8, 2019

By: Natalia Beiser

Dear Chad,In the early 1990’s, we were such good friends. Outside of my family, I have never cherished anyone more. You supported me through a chilling hypomania and a catastrophic mania. You watched me deteriorate during medication trials and supported me. When I was alienated by many, you remained by my side. You assisted me in coping with a...
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By: Sydney Waltner

More than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime. But not everyone will receive the help they need. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, only forty percent of adults and fifty percent of youth receive the medical help they need. Even though mental illness is common and can...
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By: Jamie Park

Dear Minister of Health and Welfare,I am writing to express my grave concerns over how the nature of mental illness is generally perceived in my country, and how such perception, in turn, has directly penetrated the legislative process in enacting or making changes to legislation. While the former blamelessly seems to be out of your hands, the...
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By: Elena Hirsch

Dear Congressman,Illness of any kind can be devastating, causing pain and suffering not just for the affected individual, but for family, friends, and all of those around him. But while insurance companies are quick to provide a treatment route for those with physical illness, the same is not true for those with mental illness. ...
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