Cheryl's life perspective is to embrace resiliency while living with bipolar disorder, migraines and fibromyalgia. She and her husband Pete lost their vibrant and kind son Dan, at the young age of 23 to bipolar disorder when he died by suicide in 2011. It is their family's mission to educate and raise awareness about bipolar disorder and in particular in young adults so that no other parent will have to experience such a tragedy.
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I will attempt to try to describe it the best way I can. When I am cycling and in a low mood, I become angry as it appears to arrive out of nowhere. One moment I am feeling fine, then boom without any warning it rears its ugly head. I imagine it as a super villain who stands in a corner laughing at the chaos it’s about to cause.
Christine resides in Houston, Texas where she was born and raised. She is employed full time as a Senior Human Resource representative and has worked at the same company for 13 years. She was an accountant for most of her career, but decided she needed a change of pace. Switching to Human Resources allows her to work with people, which is what she loves most about her job. She is fortunate to have an employer who is fully aware of her bipolar diagnosis and works with her during the challenging times of recovery.
This year has been particularly difficult for me. When depression hit, it hit hard. When it rains, it pours → as they say. Right as I thought I was pulling myself through, I hit rock bottom. With sinus infections and chronic migraines all year, it's no wonder that I've struggled. Yet through it all, here I am. Doing my part to better myself, and in turn doing what I can to enlighten those around me.
Dr. Jennifer Bahr is licensed naturopathic doctor that specializes in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness. She was drawn to this because of personal and family struggles with mood and anxiety disorders, most of which found their beginnings in childhood. She has seen first hand the effects of delayed or suppressive treatments of childhood conditions as they progress into adulthood. She saw friends and family members struggle through all stages of life, until they were forced to take powerful medicines that controlled moods and anxiety but dulled their personality.
Lisa Falls is an artist and is a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She has worked in the field of art therapy for 20 years, 18 years in San Diego. She has presented and taught both locally and nationally. She was the Program Coordinator and instructor for the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Extension Specialized Certificate in Therapeutic Uses of Art for eight years. Lisa continues to teach courses about how art therapy is used to benefit different populations.