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Finding Solace in Art Therapy

September 1, 2017

By: Emily McGuigan

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward HopperAs an artist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), I have primarily used drawing and painting to help me cope with and explain traumatic or stressful events in my life, but also to discover who I am as a person. Art allows me to...
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Emily McGuigan

September 1, 2017
Emily McGuigan resides in the Philadelphia area and currently attends West Chester University as a Junior. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts with minors in International Business and Psychology. Emily’s passion for the arts and lifelong struggles with Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder have led her to...
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By: Conor Bezane

There are 5.7 million bipolar people in the US, and 60 percent of them are addicts, according to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study. Co-occurring addiction is more common in bipolar people than in any other psychiatric group. We drink and use drugs to stabilize our moods or to replicate the feelings of mania.  I was diagnosed bipolar...
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Conor Bezane

August 25, 2017
Conor Bezane is a music-meister and expert wordsmith who has written for MTV News, AOL and VICE. A champion of the dually diagnosed, Conor is a recovering bipolar alcoholic whose first book is titled The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium, and Why Sober is the New Cool. It is due in 2018. You can like his Facebook author page here....
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By: Michelle Vasiliu

In 2015, my first picture book, My Happy Sad Mummy, was published.My Happy Sad Mummy is a Picture Book for 3-8 year olds. It is a story that portrays the emotional response of a young girl living with a mother who has bipolar disorder.The book allows families the opportunity to engage in conversations about this illness in a sensitive and age...
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Michelle Vasiliu

August 21, 2017
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Education (Secondary). I have also completed a short course in children’s writing at Chisholm TAFE, and I am a qualified Workplace Trainer and Assessor. I am privileged to be a member of the Lazy River Writers. We are a Melbourne based group of women writers, who meet regularly for...
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By: Danielle Workman

The day I received my diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder, I felt so alone. I remember it vividly, because it was so incredibly painful. I didn’t know anyone with Bipolar Disorder I could talk to about it. The people I knew that had anxiety and depression were so trapped in their own issues, I didn’t want to burden them with mine.Driving home in the...
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Danielle Workman

August 18, 2017
Danielle Workman is based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been writing for almost twenty years now, with forays into poetry, fiction, fan-fiction, journalism and blogging. She has finally found a niche in creative non-fiction and that is where she found the love and inspiration for her first book, Beautiful Bipolar. When she isn't...
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By: Serena Goldsmith

As a peer counselor, speaker, and mental health clinician, many people have shared with me that they feel stigmatized by having a mental health diagnosis and they feel reluctant to tell others about it. I felt that way too for many years after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When I was diagnosed 25 years ago, I didn’t know very much...
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Serena Goldsmith

August 14, 2017
Serena Goldsmith is originally from the East Coast of the United States (New Jersey and Virginia), but moved to San Diego County with her family at the age of 13. Serena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1994, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. While attending Occidental, Serena...
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