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Michele Barrett

March 20, 2015
I can't start anywhere to be exact. I've been sick since I was 16 years old and I developed insomnia due to the illness, or so my caregivers and I thought. It wasn't until a few months before I turned 19 that things got out of control for me. I was 19 when I was officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (I with rapid cycling episodes). Due to the...
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Mark Maiden

March 11, 2015
My name is Mark Maiden. I’m a student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas studying Sociology and American Studies with a focus in gender and sexuality. I was diagnosed bipolar type II rapid cycling a week after I graduated high school at the age of 18. Beginning college with a fresh new diagnosis left me with a lot of needs and...
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Jessica Christenbury

March 6, 2015
Jessica Christenbury graduated from Clemson University, SC in 2005 with a degree in English. She has taught English and has been a copy editor, office manager, and writer. Recently diagnosed in January of 2014 with bipolar disorder, she has claimed to use this newfound knowledge as a way to educate herself and others on matters dealing with being...
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Lauren Meredith

March 4, 2015
Lauren Calabrese (soon to be Lauren Meredith) was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in November of 2010 when she was 24.  She has a dual BA in Psychology and English Literature.  She is now working on her MA in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in non-fiction writing through Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where...
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Yvette Hess

February 23, 2015
Proud mom of 3 young boys- hoping to have a girl in the next couple of years (don’t tell my husband). Used to be in the IT Audit profession with two of the big four audit firms, but now I am a stay-at-home mom. Also used to study at one of the best universities in Africa, but after being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2012, it became...
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Allison Strong

February 2, 2015
My name is Allison Strong and I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 in 1989. I'm from Southern California. Allow me to tell a story that has repeated itself my whole life. In High School I desperately wanted to play Volleyball, hoping it would end my sense of isolation. I was cut from the team, two years in a row, and as a junior, I sat...
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Pam

December 23, 2014
Pam lives in Brooklyn. Raised in London, she moved to the States in her mid-twenties. Pam works as a sales rep for two small importers of wine and spirits. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder since May 2014 she is new to the research and lifestyle changes involved in maintaining good health. It was a brilliant psychiatrist that got her on the journey...
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Cavelle Martin

December 22, 2014
Hi, my name is Cavelle. I'm 30 years old, diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and Bipolar II Disorder. I have learned a lot about myself since my diagnoses. One thing I have learned is that there needs to be a bigger voice out there in order to help end the ignorance and stigma attached to mental illness. I decided to be part of that...
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Luis Javier Hernández Ramos

December 22, 2014
Hola soy Luis Javier Hernández  Ramos soy de Tegucigalpa Honduras , yo fui diagnosticado con la condición Bipolar Tipo II Cuando tenía la edad de 48 años, Yo soy Ingeniero Civil con un Máster en Diseño de Interiores, Somos 3 Hermanos mi Hermana Mayor es Doctora en Medicina, y mi Hermano Menor es Ingeniero Industrial, Mi Madre tiene 77 años de...
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Sarah F.

December 16, 2014
I am a lawyer and former middle school teacher living in Chicago. My dad battled Bipolar I disorder most of his adult life, unbeknownst to me until 2008.  He died by suicide at age 65 in September of 2014. My dad was quick witted, unfailingly kind and generous, the life of the party, and loved me very much. I miss him every day and hope that...
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Liz Wilson

December 9, 2014
Liz was diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder I, NOS during college in 1996.  As a Psychology/Women’s Studies major, she was relieved and intrigued by her diagnosis, but not surprised. Both her siblings and Mother were also diagnosed Type I or Type II Bipolar Disorder. During 1998 their family all partook in a genetics study done on blood relatives...
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Moustafa Hausain

December 9, 2014
My name is Moustafa Hausain from Jordan/Middle East. I work for kalima translation Abu Dhabi. I basically translate books that fall under the humanities umbrella: like Philosophy, History, Psychology and the like. I translated, among other books, a book by the science historian Paul Royter, titled: Madness: A Brief History, through which Royter...
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