Natasha Gehlhausen

Advice for Newly Diagnosed:

Like a lot of Bipolar people, I was first diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety when I was 15 years old. I wasn’t officially diagnosed with Bipolar for seven more years. I struggled with alcohol and consumption in general a lot throughout my teens. When I was 22, I experienced my first manic episode. After the mania wore off I sunk into a deep depression and had to take a semester off of school. It was the last thing I wanted to do. I felt a lot of shame and embarrassment for taking that time but it ultimately became the break I needed to focus on my health and recover. I started taking lithium and I have been on it ever since. The ways in which it helped me were obvious and immediate and I’m thankful I was able to find something that worked after so many years of experimenting with different medications.

Something I Am Proud Of:

I graduated from Otis College of Art and Deign in 2016 with a degree in Digital Media. Since then I have worked for companies like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Nike, and Billboard! I also worked on the animated video for Lil Nas X’s song “Old Town Road”. I still struggle with my moods but I try to keep better track of my emotions and triggers (I even got an app for that purpose). I quit drinking and smoking. I find balance in life by making my animations, doing yoga, baking, and writing daily in my journal. I reached out to IBPF because I saw the work they were doing in the community and felt so inspired and excited. I take great pride in being Bipolar. I fight the stigma by being open about my illness, being a source of support for other people affected by this illness, and by promoting Bipolar success stories. It serves as a nice reminder that we are capable of accomplishing great things, just like anyone else.

Natasha’s Art and Contributions:

Natasha is an animation and graphic design artist who uses her art and voice to contribute to the bipolar community. She even designed the graphics for our 2020 virtual Starry Night event!

Check out her amazing designs and animations at www.mustbeanartist.com or on her social media platforms @mustbeanartist

Natasha also has an Instagram account called @bipolaricons where she posts influential people with bipolar disorder.

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