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My first instinct when realizing I needed psychiatric help because I was having a breakdown, was to call my company’s EAP (Employee’s Assistance Program). I was lost and they advertised at work that this program could help with many different things, one of them being depression.I thought I was suffering from depression, so I called the program. I...
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You Are a Rock Star

August 18, 2016
Hey! Hey you! Yeah, I’m talking to you over there. The one with bipolar disorder. The one that constantly looks down on themselves and wishes they were someone else. The one that wonders what happened in their life to deserve this wretched beast of an illness. I’m talking to the one that thinks about dying more than living, and who struggles some...
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Virginia Gibb

August 18, 2016
Hi! My name is Virginia Gibb. I am 37 years old. I live with my loving husband, my husband’s elderly parents and our three beautiful children in Huntersville, North Carolina. I’m a stay at home Mom, as well as an independent designer for a custom jewelry company. When I have time, I enjoy writing poetry and children’s stories with the help of my...
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Recently I gave a keynote presentation at the Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference in Australia. It was amazing and inspirational to see the great work so many mental health nurses are doing. The title of my keynote was ‘World Changing’. This title had two meanings. My keynote was about therapeutic relationships and the people...
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More Than Meds

August 17, 2016
Bipolar disorder is a complex and difficult condition. Even after getting stabilized, we still have to work so hard to keep things going in the right direction. For me, medication is necessary, but the best advice I ever received was from a psychiatrist and it had nothing to do with pills. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 1 in 2004...
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Taylor Rios

August 17, 2016
Taylor is a wife and mother of two special needs children. She is also a self-employed writer, editor, nature photographer, and social media manager. Diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 in 2004, she strives to help others live the best life possible while managing the symptoms. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and working on...
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Most of us will experience depression at some point in our lives. If you’re paying attention, this can give you insights into how to be supportive to other people in need. So, what is the best way to help someone who is dealing with depression?Don’t Try to Cheer them Up Helping someone with depression is not as simple as cracking a joke or...
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Layne Cornell

August 17, 2016
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the summer of 2009 after being hospitalized during my first full-blown manic episode. Looking back I realize that I started showing signs of bipolar disorder since I was at least 15 years old. The episode started while I was living in Peru as a volunteer. Fortunately, I had a great support system at...
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Greetings all! I am a new blogger here as of this month, and I'm really excited to begin the process of opening up a great door: the door of honest discussion about bipolar disorder. There are so many facets to this condition. I thought I would start off with one I am currently working through. I'm a woman with bipolar disorder. I've...
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Laura Sanscartier

August 17, 2016
Laura Sanscartier is a professional singer, part-time librarian and mental health advocate. She is the wife of the most hilarious, loving man in the world. Her parents and siblings are rockstars, and she is lucky to share their DNA! When Laura isn't singing or writing, she can usually be found with her head in a book, or clutching a Netflix remote...
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