“As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, one for helping others.” - Audrey Hepburn
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Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I was clueless. I was clueless about mental health and mental illness. My knowledge on the topic was non-existent. The reason why I did not know about mental health or mental illness was well, I never needed to know. Mental illness had never affected me or my loved ones. It was a subject that I would get a thorough schooling in. I was somewhat detached. Pretty sad, right? I know, I’m actually kind of embarrassed just typing these words.
After suffering with what she thought was just depression for over 20 years, Andrienne Kennedy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder back in 2014. For the 1st couple of years, she was in deep denial of her diagnosis because of the harsh stigma associated with mental illness and mental health disorders. She is the creator and founder of the blog “Beautiful Brain Collective” in which she encourages high-functioning professional that they can live a great life, their best life, despite a diagnosis.