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Jen T.

As someone with a bipolar diagnosis, I do feel very deeply and I used to wonder if that was the problem. I realize that it's okay to feel deeply and even to show the emotions (I mean, Jesus knew he was going to call Lazarus out from the tomb, but He still let Himself feel the sadness of his friend's death and the Bible records that "Jesus wept")....
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Jen T.

October 16, 2011
Jen T., 32, who works in Singapore, was diagnosed in early 2008 when she inexplicably broke down in her boss' office. Before that she had experienced perplexing cycles of highs and lows over a few years. With the diagnosis, some measure of healing started taking place and she believes in being open, whether with her family or colleagues or...
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The Princess in the Tower

October 16, 2011

Charlotte Walker

I’ve always loved fairytales. I was lucky that my parents supplied me with a lot of books when I was growing up. I had volumes of the classic stories collected by the Brothers’ Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, but I was also given stories of Tzar’s palaces and crafty peasants from pre-revolutionary Russia; tales of giants, warriors and shape-...
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A Story and a Starfish

October 14, 2011

Kristi Wilkerson

Jake just turned 12. He lives with me full time and spends time with his dad on the weekends and most holidays. He was a very happy and easy baby and hit all of his developmental milestones early or on time. During his toddler years, we hit the terrible 2's and I guess that's where things started to get noticed. He never grew out of them. After...
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Kristi Wilkerson

October 14, 2011
Kristi Wilkerson is the author of All Things Blogtastic Blog. Wilkerson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1996. In addition to being a parent blogger for IBF, she is a ASK Champion for About Special Kids and a Family Resource Team Member for A Balanced Mind Foundation (...
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Sarah Freeman

I destroyed my first marriage through infidelity, wild spending sprees, outbursts of rage, and many of the other hallmarks of uncontrolled bipolar mania. People who know the ugly details of my story are often surprised to learn that my second marriage is so successful and solid. How can my spouse trust me? How can I trust myself?In my other life I...
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Sarah Freeman

October 12, 2011
Sarah Freeman is an Australian lawyer and journalist now living in the US:“Moving overseas was the culmination of my worse ever manic episode. I threw away my marriage, my career, my savings – my whole life. It should have ended in disaster but there was a silver lining. My world fell apart so completely that I ended up in psychiatric care, and...
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Stigma

September 28, 2011

Christi

Stigma. One very important issue we, as a community, try to battle. It's the negative assumptions associated with bipolar and those who have been diagnosed with the illness. I personally have experienced instances where certain assumptions were made about me once I revealed I had bipolar. I became viewed as a liability. But then there are the...
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Maricela Estrada

I hear about this so much, people hate the weight gain side effects of medication. I will be honest with you, I hate it too. However, I have learned the hard way. The most impulsive and manic thing I have ever done is get liposuction after gaining 36lbs from medication. I charged it on three credit cards. My medications caused increased appetite...
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Charlotte Walker

September 16, 2011
Charlotte Walker has been living with bipolar disorder since her teens. She works full time in the criminal justice field, while writing, campaigning and volunteering to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health conditions and diagnoses. Charlotte maintains a respected mental health blog (http://purplepersuasion.wordpress.com/) where she...
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