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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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By: Sydney Batt

After three months of my diagnosis of having Bipolar II disorder I decided to join a group therapy that was specifically for people that have mood disorders. In the first session of this therapy we learned the importance of nutrition and diet.I was confused about the relevance of nutrition and why we were taking the time to learn about it instead...
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Life After Psychosis

March 11, 2019

By: Allan G. Cooper

Do you know what it feels like to help NASA calculate the speed of light? Or, maybe you know what it's like to find a formula that makes nuclear fusion possible. How about being the sole person responsible for averting a disaster that would crash the entire internet. Do you know what that's like? I do. Well, I know what it's like to believe I am...
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When It Rains...

February 22, 2019

By: Laura Sanscartier

...it pours. Or at least it does in my case.  I bet it does in a lot of cases out there. I wish I could meet each and every one of you and give you the biggest hug.  What am I talking about? Multiple diagnoses, often called comorbidities. It's when God or the big unicorn in the sky or whomever is running things decides to give a...
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Wellness & My Mood Disorder

February 20, 2019

By: Liz Wilson

“Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges.” National Wellness InstituteWellness is a relatively new construct that encompasses our level of connectedness to the world around us. It involves our social and support networks and relies on our commitment to our personal recovery....
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By: Conor Bezane

A perfectionist strives for that which is flawless. Impeccable. Immaculate. My name is Conor, and I’m a perfectionist. I also have bipolar disorder.According to Psychology Today:Perfectionism is a trait that makes life an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. A fast and enduring track to unhappiness, it is often accompanied by...
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