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Bipolar Perspectives

The interview subjects include individuals who have it, family members, and a leading psychiatrist. Our goal is to share these experiences directly and help others recognize bipolar early, get treatment early and move on to have a healthy, good life. In so doing, we hope to reduce shame and secrecy and stigma, over time. 

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Lucky 13: The Bipolar Coach

Diagnosed bipolar as an adolescent, Paul experienced all the pain and suffering mental illness has to offer. Self-mutilation started at the age of 12. Drugs, alcohol and suicide attempts soon followed. After a decade of medications and mental hospitals with no success, Paul underwent electroconvulsive therapy starting at the age of 22. Before his 30th birthday he had received nearly 50 sessions of shock treatment. At 31, Paul stumbled upon a program called the Lucky 13 which is a program designed to help people with severe health challenges complete a half marathon.

The Five Faces of "Normal" with John McManamy

"Normal" is the most overlooked manifestation of bipolar disorder, according to award-winning author and expert patient, John McManamy. It’s not enough to assume that once people get their bipolar under control they can simply navigate their way back to normal. Especially if no one has any concept what normal is supposed to look like. On one hand, those with bipolar may operate within a much wider bandwidth of "up" and "down" than the rest of the population.

Suzy Favor Hamilton Luncheon

Suzy Favor Hamilton, United States Olympic Runner, Author of New York Times Best Seller "Fast Girl", and Mental Health Advocate, talks about her life today and the importance of sharing her journey.

Coping with Stigma & Discrimination: How I Became a Stronger Mental Health Advocate

Emily Wu Truong will share her personal experiences facing stigma & discrimination after coming out with her story of mental health issues. 

Most recently, in recognition of March as Women's History Month, Emily was selected for the 2015 Woman of the Year Award for Senator Ed Hernandez's 22nd Senate District. Emily has become a role model, demonstrating self-initiative and an indomitable will, delivering her message that with help, there is hope. 

Parenting Through The Storm With Ann Douglas

Coping strategies for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

Serena Goldsmith: A Story of Hope and Recovery

Serena Goldsmith is originally from the East Coast (New Jersey and Virginia), but moved to San Diego County with her family at the age of 13.  Serena graduated from San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, CA in 1989 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1994, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. 

Martin Kolbe and the Bipolar Roadshow

Martin’s story is dramatically fascinating, full of rises and falls, like the bipolar disorder. In the eighties, Martin was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which kept him away from the musical scene for twenty years. He is just come out with a new wonderful record titled Songs from inside, which includes songs inspired from his experience as a psychiatric patient.Musician/composer Martin Kolbe earned great success in the 1970s and 80s with the acoustic guitar duo „Kolbe & Illenberger“.

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