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Jeff Grace

November 18, 2014
I was originally diagnosed with bipolar II when I was 23 years old. After being involved in a car accident in 2010 many of my symptoms became much more intense and frequent. Eventually I had to take a leave from work to deal with both a spinal injury and the bipolar illness. This gave me an incredible opportunity to reflect on my life...
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Marcelina P.

October 22, 2014
My name is Marcelina, I’m 23 years old and live in Poland. I was diagnosed two years ago with bipolar I mainly but also ultra rapid cycling during the day.  Just since my diagnosis I’ve already had few really huge manic and depression episodes so I need to be really careful. There is no force which could take me off my medications right now....
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Jane T.

October 14, 2014
I am a Canadian journalist, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and acute anxiety almost ten years ago. Since then, I have learned my triggers, and coping techniques and have incorporated these techniques into my daily life. Having grown up with a chronic life-long illness, and having had several added on before and after my bipolar diagnosis...
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Susan P.

September 30, 2014
My name is Susan. I am twenty-two and was diagnosed with bipolar I in 2013 while in college. College meant the key to my future and to have that taken away right in front of my eyes was horrific. I want to inspire young adults to get help and to realize that having to drop out of college to take care of yourself actually is the best thing one can...
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Nanieve Groenewald

September 19, 2014
I am 45 years old and was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder when I was 12.  About 2 years ago I was also diagnosed with PSTD after my partner of years tried to murder me (almost succeeded and nearly died). I went through the court case and am rather proud of myself (blush) for having done so. I have done a little motivational speaking with...
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Greg Wohler

September 17, 2014
My name is Greg Wohler, and I sit on a hospital help desk utilizing my technology skills to assist users and patients with the daily goings-on with the technical side of the complex – patience for patients, is key (pun intended!). Reading, trying new restaurants, playing board games, and chillaxing with our bratty kitty Lizzie are a few things my...
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Carrie Elizabeth Lin

September 4, 2014
Carrie Elizabeth Lin, MA, LPCC is a psychotherapist and career counselor in San Jose, California. She has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, psychology instructor, and behavioral health researcher. She is currently in private practice and an adjunct faculty member at Sofia University. Carrie has led job search support groups for...
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Susan Zarit

September 4, 2014
I am a wife, a mother, an educator and a mental health advocate.  I have lived with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder for more than half my life.  I wasn’t properly diagnosed until the early 2000’s.  It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a suicide prevention charity that I found my voice.  I saw the effect that...
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Kait Mauro

September 3, 2014
Kait Mauro is a 23-year-old student at Washington University in Saint Louis. She is diagnosed with bipolar type II disorder. She blogs at nowandnowandnow.wordpress.com and shares her art/photography work at kaitmauro.com.
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Andrea Piekarski-Susalla

August 22, 2014
Andrea Piekarski-Susalla was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She attended Eastern Michigan University and Davenport University specializing in Business Management and Accounting. Andrea was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder in March 2009.  Currently her diagnosis is...
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Paula Bostrom

August 7, 2014
Paula Bostrom is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two teenagers and her psychiatric service dog Cane, a rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina. Paula was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 42.
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Denis Muthuri

July 30, 2014
My name is Denis Muthuri from Kenya, Africa. I was diagnosed with unipolar depression at 18. By the time I was 23 my condition degenerated with all my symptoms pointing towards bipolar disorder 2. At the time of my diagnosis I was self-medicating with alcohol binges leading to hysterical outbursts that required me to be institutionalized.Therapy,...
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