Melanie Oldham 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon

Drawing by Chato Stewart

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My name is Melanie Oldham. I am bipolar. I am also a wife, a mother, a court reporter.

At the age of 40, I decided I was drinking too much alcohol. I checked myself into a rehab. After five days of getting all the alcohol out of my system, they sent me home. The very next day, Thanksgiving Day 2007, I had my very first manic episode. My husband didn’t know what was wrong with me. He finally took me to the hospital and they started running tests thinking I had a brain tumor.

I read everything I could find on the subject. I discovered the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) website. I even attended their conference in Houston. That is where I met Chato Stewart. I became friends with him on Facebook and read his columns on PsychCentral.

He encouraged me to enter the Facing Us Video Contest. I did, and I won. What an honor.

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