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Sarah Lindsay

July 16, 2014
Sarah Lindsay is a yogi, a blogger and a doggy lover. From Toronto, Canada she lives with her neurotic dog, her older brother and his cat. With an undergraduate degree in History, Sarah loves everything ancient as well as Agatha Christie mysteries. She works as an Office Manager and volunteers for multiple mental health non-profit organizations...
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Proud to Be Bipolar

July 16, 2014

Patricia Potts

Several women sat in straight rows at the church waiting for the meeting to begin.  My friend, Joann, introduced me, “We just had to ask Patricia to come and speak with us tonight because she is so experienced in depression.”  This brought a chuckle to the group as I stood to share my story.My first dysfunctional depression hit when I...
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Zephyr F. 

In every one’s life there are moments when you feel like you will never be able to get up and live again. I had one of those moments in my life. During which I thought I was done with everyone. I had crashed hard. Harder than I ever did. It was a really bad time.It was a time when I was tapering off my medications. My doctor was of the opinion...
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A Year After

July 15, 2014

Rebecca L.

It’s been a little over a year since the events that landed me in that hell hole of a hospital. Some are really good, positive changes.  Some are very hard and painful but had to be made to preserve my sanity.  A lot of people in my life, including family members made the choice to consistently remind me that they possess no ability...
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Ashley J.

Therapists are useful in helping a consumer understand how one is feeling and thinking, this is also known as talk therapy. Many issues are discussed and it has been proven useful to help with stability and managing symptoms. But what do you do when you’re struggling to describe your feelings with your psychiatrist and therapist?  Once a...
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Paranoia

July 10, 2014

Jeremy S. Cole

Dear friends,Have you ever felt like you just didn't know how to act in recovery? Were you worried about the actions you took may raise red flags to those around you? That pretty much sums up my entire year after my first hospitalization. Thankfully, I've only had two of them. When I was a 9th grade student transitioning to 10th in May of 2000 I...
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Amy Gamble

Life was moving along pretty well for me—that is until bipolar disorder found its way to my door.  From that point on things started to get very difficult.  At first I was hit with severe manic episodes only to fall down so low I found myself knocked down with severe bipolar depression.   For quite a few years of untreated or...
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Jennifer Marshall

Yoga Helps Me to Connect the DotsLast month I pulled a muscle in my neck while reaching into the backseat at a stop light for a book my son had dropped and couldn’t reach. Well I couldn’t reach it either, apparently, injuring myself pretty badly. After dealing with the pain for 24 hours, the next day I decided to find a hot yoga class to help me...
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Mary Alice Do

Those of us who have a mental illness are sometimes told and also think that our mental illness is our fault because we lack faith.  This is not the case.  Mental illness is a biological disorder and can affect anyone.  Let me tell you a story found in the Bible.The people of Israel were worshipping an idol named Baal so the prophet...
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Mary Alice Do

July 9, 2014
Mary Alice Do, M.Div., is a retired ordained minister, mother and grandmother.  She has bipolar disorder, has had recurring episodes of depression throughout her life and was hospitalized twice. She worked seven years in ministry, 13 years providing peer support and two years doing case management for people with a serious mental illness....
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Media and Mental Illness

June 30, 2014

Brian Sztukowski

            I recently read a blog post from the Huffington Post by a Ms. Natasha Tracy (1). Her post centered around a claim that portrayals of people with neurodiverse conditions in the media tends to focus on overly polarized characteristics which, she claims, have the effect of attributing a sort of “...
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Brian Sztukowski

June 30, 2014
Brian Sztukowski is a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science in Philosophy and Public Policy. His focus is on Mental Health Policy. Brian was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during his undergraduate study and currently self-manages using dietary regulation, exercise, meditation, nature therapy, and awareness....
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