Then & Now: A Story About Friendship and Mental Illness

It was six years ago that I had my first major episode with bipolar disorder while in College.  I was  living with a group of girls who this story is about. In the last month before I withdrew from school, I kept my struggle hidden from others, especially myself.  Two days before I left, my…

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Dear Dad: A Letter From Your Daughter With Bipolar

Dear Dad: A Letter From Your Daughter With Bipolar The first man who had his heart broken by me was my father. One day the little girl who danced to the beat of her drum was laying in a hospital bed, withering away. My father has always kept me safe, but there was one person…

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10 Things Your Friend With Depression Wants You To Know

Close friends are the people who we create unforgettable memories with, and who know us better than we know ourselves. However, what do you do when your friend suddenly disappears from your life?  You reach out but receive no answer. As someone diagnosed with bipolar 2, trying to help my friends understand mental illness has…

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10 Things You Should Not Say to Someone With a Mental Illness

These are some statements that should probably be avoided when speaking to someone with a mental illness or in a situation that causes them to have feelings of hopelessness.  It is crucial for people to understand that the stigma around mental illness strongly influences our responses to family members or friends struggling.  I am not…

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