I beat Bipolar… Sometimes.

As another NAMI In Our Own Voice speaker, I agree totally!

Defying Shadows

I work for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as an In Our Own Voice  and Ending the Silence speaker. A few weeks ago I gave two presentations where I shared my story of living with bipolar disorder with two completely different audiences.

The first was inside a psychiatric ward which is a place I know too well. I always try to stress that getting treatment for mental illness is not a personal failing and is actually an important step towards a more stable life.

Then I had to immediately drive 80 minutes to a charter high school in front of 200 students. Thankfully, they were much more respectful and appreciative than the teens I spoke to a couple weeks prior!

Both groups gave great feedback that came straight from the heart which is something I’m still getting used to.

You see, until recently I never thought I’d…

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