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Losing it

Losing it

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. It is 1978 and I am a seventeen-year-old high school senior. I’ve watched my mom wrestling with depression all through my growing up years. The first time...
Glimmers of life again

Glimmers of life again

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. Juanita, my mentor and friend, is a woman I admire for her professional savvy, smarts, and success. She’d heard through our grapevine that I was down with...
Family history of depression

Family history of depression

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum. I am nothing like my mother—I am a big achiever. I excel at math and sports and friends. I am a serious competitor and have no patience for people who...
Shifting Attitudes About Mental Health

Shifting Attitudes About Mental Health

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum: The manuscript was ready, but I still had some hesitation about publishing it. I know attitudes are changing about mental health, but I was still nervous...