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Cassandra Stout

May 1, 2019
Freelance writer Cassandra Stout blogs at the award-winning Bipolar Parent, a comprehensive resource for parents with mental illnesses. Cassandra holds degrees from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Journalism. A U.S. resident, she has been a judge for the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association literary contest for ten years, where...
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Lauren Yang

April 10, 2019
Lauren Yang is a doctoral student studying clinical psychology in New York, NY. Born and raised in California, Lauren began her mental health journey at the end of her senior year in college when she experienced her first hypomanic episode. Since then, it has been an ongoing process for her to accept her condition. It is this journey that has...
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Brandy Higgins, RN, BSN

March 13, 2019
Brandy Higgins, RN, BSN is the writer of Live Mentally Well - Better Living Thru Mental Wellness.  Lifelong mental health survivor and former mental health nurse.  Live Mentally Well is impacting our community and the world by empowering, encouraging, and educating one person at a time to end stigma for good.  She writes about Mood...
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Allan G. Cooper

March 11, 2019
In 1995, Allan was teaching English in Japan enveloped by a culture he adored and well on his way to achieving his dream of being a completely fluent Japanese speaker.His carefully laid out plans were derailed at the tail end of the year when he experienced his first psychotic manic episode at the age of twenty-five. His family had to travel to...
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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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Andrienne Kennedy

October 9, 2018
After suffering with what she thought was just depression for over 20 years, Andrienne Kennedy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder back in 2014.  For the 1st couple of years, she was in deep denial of her diagnosis because of the harsh stigma associated with mental illness and mental health disorders. She is...
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Dr. Eleora Han

September 19, 2018
Dr. Eleora Han is a licensed clinical psychologist and writer whose work focuses on depression, bipolar, and stress related disorders. As a doctor, patient, and person living with bipolar disorder, she understands firsthand the pain that it can bring and the critical difference that treatment, support, and hope can make in healing and living well...
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Ryan Heffernan

August 29, 2018
Ryan Heffernan is an Australian author and writer. His latest work is a dreamy, soulful, funny and ink black bipolar memoir, Clown & I (2018). Clown & I is a unique and confronting exploration of Ryan's magical and magnetic life with bipolar disorder, where life and success have been writ large, but ruination forever lurks in the form of...
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Sophie Prosolek

August 8, 2018
My name is Sophie, I’m a research scientist from Mansfield, England and I live with bipolar (type II) disorder. I decided to start speaking out about mental health after realising how little my condition was understood in some professional circles. When I first got diagnosed I thought my career was over; I didn’t see anyone else ‘like me’...
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The Secret Psychiatrist

July 13, 2018
The Secret Psychiatrist is a female doctor and psychiatrist working currently in London. She has a degree in medicine and philosophy, as well as co-founding her own charity abroad in Romania helping children with learning disabilities.She enjoys sharing tales of her journey throughout medicine into the land of asylums across the world. When not at...
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Carissa Martos

June 22, 2018
Carissa is a teacher, mother, wife, and writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Now in her mid-thirties, she has lived with bipolar since she was a teen, as well as having a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder and C-PTSD. She also lives with blinding ocular migraines and Ankylosing Spondylitis (a genetic condition that causes back pain...
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Tosha Maaks

May 2, 2018
Tosha Maaks is a mom and a wife who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when her youngest boys were only 2 years old. She raised all four of her children in a house where the topic of mental health was openly discussed. After going back to school in 2012 and a turn of events wound her up in jail because of mania, she decided that recovery was a...
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