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Tannika Majumdar Batra

June 30, 2016
Tannika is 32 years old and a freelance interior designer living in Kolkata, India, with her husband and brother as her support system. Fighting bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and PTSD since her mother died when she was 20, she now shares her story and her experiences with mental illness in hopes of reaching out to others and helping them...
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Zaeli Eliza

June 28, 2016
Zaeli Eliza is a visual artist and a writer from the Philippines. She is an only child and struggled growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her mother died by suicide when she was 16. Eliza was also diagnosed with, and is being treated for, bipolar disorder type I, C-PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, borderline personality disorder and thought disorder. She...
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Laura Low

June 28, 2016
My name is Laura Low. I am a single mom to two girls. I live in Shingle Springs, California with my daughters, our two dogs and cat. I also have a small farm where I raise chickens, goats and pigs. Growing up, I knew my thoughts were different from other kids my age. I never seemed to be able to handle things like everyone...
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Jess Melancholia

June 23, 2016
Jess Melancholia is blogger who resides in San Diego, California with her husband and cat. In May of 2014, she was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. Since then, she has suffered from severe manic and depressive episodes. Nowadays, through medication and a strong support system, she works tirelessly to live a “normal” life and keep her manic and...
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Pastor Aaron

June 17, 2016
The Rev. Aaron Maurice Saari is an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament through the United Church of Christ (UCC), currently serving a More Light Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Pastor Aaron has bipolar disorder and cycles rapidly; he also struggles with anxiety, particularly as it relates to...
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Ros Limbo

June 17, 2016
My name is Ros Limbo. I’m a writer, blogger, vegetarian and yogi. I wish to get accepted into Cambridge University’s Masters of Creative Writing programme in 2017. I was always a sensitive child. I took everything a little too personally, and cried more than was necessary. Looking back I can see there were many red flags, no one seemed to...
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Samina Raza

June 8, 2016
 Samina Raza is a Molecular Biologist, a blogger, (https://bipolar1blog.com/) where she blogs extensively about bipolar disorder and other illnesses. She also blogs for HuffPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samina-raza/) She is a mom and a wife. She speaks Urdu, Turkish and French in addition to English. She has an MSEd in School...
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Jodi Lee

June 6, 2016
My name is Jodi Lee. I’m 31 years old, I grew up in Connecticut, but I live in Arizona with my husband and our dog. I have two adult step-kids and a granddaughter; I can’t have children of my own, but I love being a grandmother. I’m fortunate to have the love and support from my entire family. My husband works hard to make sure I feel comfortable...
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Charlie Kaplan

June 6, 2016
My name is Charlie. I am a writer and graduate student pursuing a degree in English and creative writing. After living with symptoms unchecked for many years, I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder at the age of 31 in 2015. I am also diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, ADHD, and generalized anxiety disorder. I live in Florida with my husband...
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Madeleine Breen

How do I pray, as someone who lives with bipolar disorder? In my younger years when I was fairly stabilized on medicine, the daily Scriptures were my prayer and my study, sometimes studying several hours with my commentaries and allowing the silence to foster the Holy Spirit’s voice. During daily Mass and throughout the day new things might...
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Emily Finnemore

May 23, 2016
I am Emily. My onset of bipolar disorder was most likely in my childhood. I was always different: I thought differently, reacted differently, and exhibited my emotions differently. My parents first sought help for me in 4th grade, the year I developed anorexia. For the next 9 years I would fight all attempts of treatment and put myself in some...
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Steve Comer

April 6, 2016
My name is Steve Comer. I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I, as well as generalized panic disorder, in 2003, at the age of 18 after my first suicide attempt. I am married and have one daughter, with another child on the way. I went to school for Architecture, but I currently work in the robotics industry. I have been hospitalized...
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