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By: Natalia Beiser

My mother knew at an early age that I suffered from depression. What she did not know was what to do about it. My remembrance of the 1970’s is that no one discussed mental health unless an acquaintance went to the state hospital. Then it was discussed in very dark, quiet hushes. There was a world of difference in the stigma...
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By: Sophie Prosolek

Self-discovery is an important part of learning to be an individual, but in my opinion it’s all the more important when that individual has Bipolar disorder.Bipolar, in its many guises, can be a really two-faced friend; it occasionally allows you to feel an incredible sense of self, and then rips it all away in the blink of an eye, leaving you...
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By: Laura Sanscartier

From the time I was a little girl, I have always had horrible thoughts. Thoughts of hurting people, thoughts of people dying. Thoughts of car crashes and horrible accidents around the house. I always thought that I was just a strange person, and that having these thoughts was a part of my broken brain. Fast forward to 2018, and it was finally made...
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By: Liz Wilson

My children were born 6 years apart. My son and daughter are two very different children with two very different mothers; who happened to be in the same body. That is largely because of my changing attitude toward education and self-advocacy.  Thomas was barely a week old when the postpartum depression turned psychotic in proportions.“...
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Accepting My Diagnosis

May 20, 2019

By: Sydney Batt

I felt slightly relieved the day I was diagnosed with having bipolar disorder-- it felt good to have an explanation for my actions, however the days to come were very difficult.I was very emotional the first couple months after my diagnosis--any time someone asked me how I was feeling I broke down crying, regardless of the person. I had been...
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By: Paul Carey

(The short story of a bipolar professional and a personal jerk)Sometimes the line between bipolar and jerk isn’t as transparent as I’d like it to be. To be clear, they are not one in the same. Bipolar is a non-optional mental illness. Being a jerk is a choice. Although, in my younger days, no matter how big of a jerk I was in any given moment, I...
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By: Natalia Beiser

Most days I feel grateful and blessed. I have a good life. I have friends and people that love me. I am employed part time, even with chronic mental illness. I have a home, and even two great cats. My car is almost paid off. I have much of the American dream. However, other times, I feel that my life is some kind of...
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Ward 19 North

May 8, 2019

By: Sasha Kildare

My biggest claim to fame is that I had the same dance teacher as JLo.Actually, I have an even bigger claim to fame. But it is not something that you brag about.At the age of 26, I was on my sixth college major, journalism. Summer vacation arrived. Finally, I only needed one more semester to graduate from Cal State Long Beach.I didn’t know I had...
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By: Sydney Batt

When I was younger, I had been to a few sessions of therapy but had never committed to it until three years ago, when I decided to take my mental health seriously. Going to therapy for the first time can be scary or awkward for some, and having to explain yourself over and over again until you find a therapist that is right for you can be tiring...
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Hold On

April 23, 2019

By: Laura Sanscartier 

(Trigger warning for sexual assault)There's a song by Sarah MacLachlan called "Hold On". The first line is "Hold on, hold on to yourself, for this is gonna hurt like hell." I often think of it when it comes to hard things in my life. Not because it's "gonna hurt like hell", but because I need to "hold on".When I was 20, I was sexually assaulted by...
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By: Allan G. Cooper

If you have 2 broken legs, climbing a hill would be extremely difficult. Even if you were a motivated person with an exceptional level of discipline, the physical damage to your legs would prevent you from making any progress.Bipolar Depressive Episodes are similar because are bodies our physically unable to function properly when they occur....
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By: Lauren Yang

Springtime tends to make me reflective on the transitions I’ve had in life. I’ll notice how time has passed when I see high school graduation photos and hear about acceptances into graduate or professional school programs. While friends were moving onto the next chapter in their lives in spring of 2013, I fell into my most severe depression....
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