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Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was often so depressed that she couldn’t get out of bed and…
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The Largest Health Disparity We Donʼt Talk About

Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years earlier than those without. By Dhruv Khullar For the New York Times May 30, 2018 Death and Mental Illness Patients with schizophrenia are at a greater risk of dying at any given age than the population at large, and this disparity has been increasing I…
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Personal Story: Don’t Call Me Crazy

by Robert Spencer   In the light of recent events, there has been a lot of focus on mental illness and it hasn’t been positive. Studies have shown that people living with mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the perpetrators, but that doesn’t stop some in society…
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Understanding The Spectrum Of Bipolar Disorder

By Cheryl Cranick | Mar. 21, 2018 We do a great disservice to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder by ignoring the condition’s types. Too often I see “bipolar disorder” used alone, yet the illness actually exists on a spectrum. For most of my teenage years, I struggled with sadness, lack of energy, rapid mood cycles and suicidal thoughts without knowing…
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Personal Story: From My First Episode To My First Child

I made the decision to own my story. I would confide in people I trusted. I was surprised how many people had experiences with depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses or knew someone who did. I read books on mental illness and emotional intelligence so I could recognize my symptoms while they were happening.

The Best Movies About Mental Health

It’s becoming increasingly more common for Hollywood to highlight mental health conditions in films. Because mental illness affects millions of Americans, it’s an extremely relatable theme. However, there are some movies that realistically show what it’s like to experience mental illness. Here’s a list of a few movies that get it right.

Personal Story: Thriving with Bipolar Disorder

My specialty is saying exactly what’s on my mind when I lose my temper. In a manic outburst, I can deliver a message with stunning clarity and laser precision. My words are a shot to the center of the heart. I’ve lost friends. I’ve worked extremely hard on this, and it rarely happens now. Nevertheless, I have a history.

The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

By Mary Giliberti, J.D. | Oct. 06, 2017 NAMI is here to raise awareness about mental illness. We talk about different conditions, how to advocate, why stigma is a problem—but there’s another aspect of awareness that is critically important for us to talk about: services and treatment, as well as timing. We are learning from research that treatment’s…
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Personal Story: How Invalidating My Bipolar Disorder Invalidates Me

I was finally given the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That was a huge breakthrough for me. It made the way I felt and the severe mood swings I would experience feel validated. There was a reason. I now had words to explain what I was going through: mania, depression, hypomania.

Personal Story: Responding to Bipolar Psychotic Symptoms

By Amy Willer | Apr. 17, 2017   A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though. For example,…
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