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Natasha Tracy

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Natasha TracyNatasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and social media strategist specializing in the area of mental health. Natasha routinely writes on bipolar disorder, depression, psychopharmacology and other mental health issues. Her expertise has been sought by academics and reporters and she is to be featured in an upcoming documentary on bipolar disorder.

She three blogs focusing on bipolar disorder and mental illness: the Bipolar Burble, Breaking Bipolar at HealthyPlace.com and Bipolar Bites at Healthline.com.

Natasha is the recipient of three back-to-back web health awards for her work on Breaking Bipolar and was named the second most influential online depression writer by Sharecare.com.

Natasha has a bachelor of computer science and has previously worked in training, implementation, technical writing and program management for a variety of companies including Microsoft. She is currently a social media strategist and writer and recently spoke on the issue of healthcare blogging at the National Council’s Conference on Mental Health and Addiction.

Natasha believes that well-informed and trustworthy information can change the way people feel about mental illness, fight stigma and save lives.

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Getting to Know You:

What makes you laugh? John Stewart and Steven Colbert make me laugh. I’m all about intelligent humor. If you can make me think and laugh at the same time, I’m yours forever.

What are you most grateful for? I am most grateful and least grateful for my brain. It is what has allowed my careers to flourish and allows me to understand the universe but it simultaneously prevents experience while bathing me in sickness daily.

What motivates you? Motivation is a tricky subject for everyone, I think, but particularly those with mental illness. I am motivated by three things, an inner, relentless drive to survive and thrive and an innate need for self-expression interwoven with a desire to help people. When I wake up in the morning any of those three things might force me to the keyboard.

You have one wish what would it be? I only have one wish for myself and others: To be happy. If that wish is granted all others cease to matter.

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