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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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Sasha Kildare

April 13, 2018
Sasha Kildare is a storyteller with a passion for mental health advocacy and integrative treatment. Her blogs about creativity, fiction, and depression can be found at DriventoTellStories.com.Doses of dark humor punctuate her semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel Dream Walking that portrays Georgia’s odyssey through surviving child abuse,...
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Lori Lane Murphy

February 26, 2018
Lori Lane-Murphy is a comedic storyteller with a passion for mental health advocacy, particularly stigma reduction. Her goal in life is to show people that living with mental illness is no different than any other physical illness.Having grown up in a house with the happiest depressed guy ever, her dad, Lori found a way to live with her own...
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Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

February 16, 2018
Courtney Davey is a marriage and family therapist in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Masters from La Salle University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her work and interests focus on anxiety and mood disorders in couples and sex therapy.  She currently works with both inpatient and outpatient populations promoting safety, positive decision...
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Jess Lader

February 8, 2018
Jess Lader worked in healthcare administration for 14 years before deciding to pursue her lifelong love of writing full time. She enjoys writing personal essays and is currently working on a memoir. She specializes in writing about mental illness and is devoted to presenting it from a positive and realistic perspective to eradicate the stigma...
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Kam

January 22, 2018
Hi, my name is Kam, I'm from Manchester, England and I live with bipolar. I started blogging on the topic of mental health officially in 2015 but I have been writing my whole life. I was diagnosed at age 27 and at the time I couldn't find any support or literature that helped me or even told me that I could live a happy and fulfilling life; ...
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John Poehler

December 27, 2017
John Poehler was diagnosed Bipolar Type 1 back in 1999.  He is the creator and founder of the blog “The Bipolar Battle”, whose mission is to help empower those afflicted with bipolar disorder live the life they deserve.  John is a mental health advocate, writer and aspiring author.  He is in the early creative stages of writing a...
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Leslie A. Lindsay

November 30, 2017
Leslie Lindsay is a mother, wife, and writer living in Chicagoland. Her mother died by suicide in June 2015 after a lengthy battle of bipolar disorder with psychotic features; she was an interior decorator. Leslie is at work on a memoir, aptly titled, MODEL HOME in which she chronicles her childhood with a mentally ill mother. Leslie is an award-...
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Julie A. Fast

September 25, 2017
Julie is the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder,  Get it Done When You’re Depressed and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. She is a columnist and blogger for BP Magazine for Bipolar at www.BPHope.com and won the Mental Health America journalism...
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Diane Dweller

September 18, 2017
Diane Dweller considers herself an optimistic survivor. This attitude has propelled her from hiding under her bed as a child to appearances on “CBS This Morning,” CNBC, NBC, FOX, and QVC shows. Dweller has been a successful Simon and Schuster author and a columnist for “The New York Daily News.” Her memoir Mom, Mania, and Me, Surviving and...
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Doug Colbeth

September 11, 2017
As a hi-tech CEO for over 25 years I led the evolution of two companies (Spyglass Inc. and Kinaxis Inc.) from start up ventures to public companies worth billions in market valuation. These two innovative companies both had to be reinvented (multiple times) in order to survive and then enjoy success. The notion of reinvention is also related...
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Emily McGuigan

September 1, 2017
Emily McGuigan resides in the Philadelphia area and currently attends West Chester University as a Junior. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts with minors in International Business and Psychology. Emily’s passion for the arts and lifelong struggles with Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder have led her to...
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