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Brian Sztukowski

June 30, 2014
Brian Sztukowski is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a Master's in Philosophy and Public Policy. He maintains a number of blogs about his travels and current policy issues. In his spare time, he enjoys performing improvisational comedy, playing music, and writing fiction. Most recently writing on the topic of Neurodiversity,...
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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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Natalie McKinnon

February 24, 2014
Natalie McKinnon grew up and lives in Massachusetts. She is married to her husband and best friend Donald of 15 years. She attended Massasoit Community College and obtained her Director II Certification in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is active in her community with her church, and the local crime watch. She enjoys spending time...
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Rae-Ann

February 21, 2014
My name is Rae-Ann.  I am 48 years old.  I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 when I was 27 years old, after over 10 years of struggle.  For the last 32 years, I have endured many episodes, both depressive and manic.  I now refer to myself as a "responsible" person who is living with Bipolar.  I take my medications...
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Jennifer Marshall

February 14, 2014
Jennifer is a former professional recruiter turned writer/mental health advocate via her blog, Bipolar Mom Life. She’s currently producing a live performance theater show on mental health awareness and appreciation which will debut in Arlington, VA in May of 2014 called This Is My Brave. Jennifer recently published a short e-book, Find Your Brave...
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