Personal Stories

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Bipolar Brain

Mania, mixed states, rapid cycling and depression have just about done me in countless times. Sometimes I just want a disconnect switch.

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For Those Who Love Someone with Mental Illness

For the men and women who love and support a person with mental illness; thank you. For you, we are forever grateful.

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Recovery is Beautiful

I have been sober and stable on medication for my bipolar since June 2012. Some days are great and some days are an uphill battle just to eat and leave the house.

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Here Comes the Sun

If I can go through depressive psychosis and graduate high school, then I can handle anything. I always tell myself this.

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You and Me

Together we will be fighting for life, for equality, for understanding, and most importantly, for empathy for all who struggle to live with mental illness.

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Steps to Stomp out Stigma

As the teenage mental illness and suicide rate gradually rises, we must learn to open our mouths and speak.

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Taking off the Mask

I’ve been fighting this fight for 20 years and it’s so exhausting. I have good days, horrific days and some days I feel like I can’t fight it anymore. It’s hard to ask for help.

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I Can Laugh Again

Ten years ago, after the birth of my second child, I had my first psychotic break. To say psychosis is scary and lonely and dark is an understatement.

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How Chicken Soup Helped My Depression

A lot of well-intentioned people said to me “Rebecca, this too shall pass.” I can believe it now. But Week One of Depression? I was not hearing it.

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How Antidepressants Saved My Life

The decision to use medicine as treatment for my depression was a hard one. My biggest issue was pride. I did not want to admit that I needed medicine to help me navigate my life.

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