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Sara Berelsman

July 17, 2014
Sara Berelsman has an MA in Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently working on an MA to become a substance abuse counselor.  She published a memoir in November called My Last Rock Bottom, about her alcoholism and bipolar disorder.  She was diagnosed as bipolar a few years ago and enjoys writing to educate others...
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Sarah Lindsay

July 16, 2014
Sarah Lindsay is a yogi, a blogger and a doggy lover. From Toronto, Canada she lives with her neurotic dog, her older brother and his cat. With an undergraduate degree in History, Sarah loves everything ancient as well as Agatha Christie mysteries. She works as an Office Manager and volunteers for multiple mental health non-profit organizations...
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Mary Alice Do

July 9, 2014
Mary Alice Do, M.Div., is a retired ordained minister, mother and grandmother.  She has bipolar disorder, has had recurring episodes of depression throughout her life and was hospitalized twice. She worked seven years in ministry, 13 years providing peer support and two years doing case management for people with a serious mental illness....
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Brian Sztukowski

June 30, 2014
Brian Sztukowski is a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science in Philosophy and Public Policy. His focus is on Mental Health Policy. Brian was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during his undergraduate study and currently self-manages using dietary regulation, exercise, meditation, nature therapy, and awareness....
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Brooke West

June 26, 2014

Brooke West

While attending college, Brooke experienced her first onset of bipolar II disorder. However, Brooke West is extraordinary in that she is high-functioning and has managed her illness with a disciplined combination of medication, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, including Yoga and meditation, since 2005. She is certified as...
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Amy Gamble

June 6, 2014
Amy is a former Olympic Athlete who worked in the business world for nearly 20 years.  She has a master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Arizona.  She’s traveled extensively for business and pleasure visiting almost all the U.S. states...
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Zephyr

June 6, 2014
Zephyr is a mom, a wife, a daughter and a writer. She was diagnosed with Bipolar II in March 2014. Ever since that she has been very active writing about her struggle with the disease.  She was diagnosed with post partum depression soon after the birth for her son, in April 2013. Ever since that she has been struggling with depression....
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Gretchen W.

June 6, 2014
Gretchen Wallet was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where she still currently lives.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelors in English.  She is currently applying to an MSW program with the hopes of being a therapist.  She lives with her husband of eight years, Steven, their cats Taffy and...
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Doreen B.

June 6, 2014
Doreen is a busy wife and mom. She likes doing whatever she’s in the “mood” for. She spends her time taking care of her family, doing hobbies, and being active with church. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and enjoys substitute teaching. Doreen was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009, two years after experiencing a...
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Sara L.

May 1, 2014
I am married to my soulmate, mother to a child who is wise and sensitive beyond his years, and working as an attorney for now. I was diagnosed with “a bipolar spectrum disorder” after a difficult post partum year, and have since remained “not otherwise specified” in the DSM.  I also struggle with PTSD and severe anxiety. I am...
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Ashley Z.

May 1, 2014
A colourful array of emotions,  Where to start. The past 3 years of my life have been by far the most difficult but also the most life-changing and maturing as a young adult. I was 20 years old when I was diagnosed with bipolar type I rapid cycling disorder. I was young, naïve and stubborn. I had tremendous difficulties adapting to a...
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Gabe Howard

May 1, 2014
Gabe Howard is a leadership and motivational speaker, mental illness blogger and writer, as well as a person living with mental illness. Over ten years ago, Gabe was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Later, he would be terminated from his job with a Fortune 100 company, giving him...
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