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The Final Post: Her Bipolar Life

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I am a writer.

From the first book I published in kindergarten, to the post you are reading now, every step of the way, writing was important.

Throughout the years, I wrote for the school newspaper, completed writing and editing internships at exciting companies in college, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.

My life in words includes creative mediums like poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, along with sports journalism and blogging, business writing,...
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Bipolar

Three Ways to Get Feedback on Our Moods

Need some feedback?

A smartphone app that uses voice analysis to detect mood changes in patients with bipolar disorder is being tested by researchers.

If testing goes well, the app could be used to measure subtle voice changes during a user's routine smartphone calls.

Until it's usefulness is confirmed, and until better predictors of mood swings are created, we rely on a myriad of ways to make ourselves aware of...
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Bipolar

My Top Four Criteria for a Psychiatrist After My New Patient Visit

Last week, I visited my new psychiatrist for the first time.

After seven years with my last doctor, her retirement forced me into a much-needed change.

Besides the appointment being two hours behind schedule, during my work day, the visit was productive and encouraging.

After the visit, in the spirit of my discussions about a quality psychiatric doctor, I came up with four criteria that I will now use...
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Awareness

May and the Celebration of Mental Health

Lime Green is the often-celebrated color of Mental Health Month.

May is Mental Health Month, and I'm ready to celebrate.

Why is it a celebration? 

Put simply, it's a chance to educate, inspire, ignite many other possibilities.

Mental Health America has led the observance for 65 years (yes, since 1949!), inciting public awareness through the use of the media, screenings, and local events.

Now, through social media, the...
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