Daniel, 37, Illinois, US

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“I was 16 when I had my first depressed episode, 17 when I had my first manic episode, and 18 when I tried to end my life. Now at 37, I am the Clinical Director at a PTSD Center and a psychotherapist working with bipolar disorder. None of this would have fallen into place without medication, therapy, and a lot of self-awareness. Continue reading “Daniel, 37, Illinois, US”

Christine, 47, US

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“Tragically I was orphaned by my 9th birthday and was raised by my older brother. I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder in 1987.

I attended Pace University for my undergraduate studies and received my MBA in Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1991. I have traveled extensively and lived in New York City, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

Due to my bipolar disorder, events led to me serving a 70-month federal prison sentence for securities fraud between MCC Chicago and FCI Danbury, Connecticut. I have dedicated my life to the animal rescue via www.thecrittercrusade.com. I now live with my boyfriend and many animals on a farm in a small country town in central Virginia.

In 2013, I self-published my memoir Continue reading “Christine, 47, US”

Adam, 31, Seattle, US

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“I lived 30 glorious years of my life without a hint of mental illness, although it runs deep in my family (my sister had schizoaffective disorder and committed suicide in 2002).
Life wasn’t always easy, but I considered myself incredibly fortunate to have an amazing wife and three beautiful children.

But everything changed in April of 2014 Continue reading “Adam, 31, Seattle, US”