Bipolar Disorder Success Stories

We all need inspiration in our lives. Check out these articles for stories of hope and triumph of those living with bipolar disorder.

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An Author’s Remarks On Bipolar, Motherhood, & Overcoming Her Past

bp Magazine
January 4, 2019

While hospitalized, Terese Marie Mailhot began writing her bestseller, Heart Berries: A Memoir, that explores life as an Indigenous Canadian woman with bipolar disorder.   While hospitalized with a diagnosis of bipolar II, Terese Marie Mailhot began writing Heart Berries: A Memoir, which became a New York Times Bestseller. A series of essays, the book...

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A Slow Climb to Stability for a Lifetime of Hope

Denise Mann
January 4, 2019

University fundraiser, David, spent four years finding workable medications for his bipolar I disorder, slowly added in self-care, and later entered psychotherapy.   There was a time when going on permanent disability seemed inevitable for David C. . He’d been hospitalized three times in four years for episodes of mania and bipolar depression. Recurring mood...

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3 Ways Managing Bipolar Has Improved My Life

Julie A. Fast
November 8, 2018

Managing bipolar takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but the positive effects in your life can certainly make it worth it.   Bipolar disorder is a genetic illness that affects a person’s ability to self regulate the mood. I’ve lived with the illness for …can you believe it… almost 40 years. Yikes! The...

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Zack McDermott on His Memoir and His Mom

Stephanie Stephens
October 9, 2018

As beautifully told in his book Gorilla and the Bird, former attorney Zack McDermott relied on his mother’s unconditional support while winning his way back to stability.   At the time, it all made perfect sense to Zack McDermott. After stepping outside his apartment one October afternoon in 2009, he immediately knew that cameras were...

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Building Wellness & Success Using Acceptance

Denise Mann
July 3, 2018

After Kelley Thorpe Baker accepted her bipolar I diagnosis and made positive lifestyle changes, she became a successful life coach and a mental health activist. By Denise Mann   If only Kelley Thorpe Baker had access to the tools and resources that she has created for others when she was first diagnosed with bipolar I...

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Finding Strength from My Bipolar Disorder Story

Linea Johnson
June 27, 2018

While it can be easy to get caught up in all of the challenges that come with bipolar, overcoming them teaches perseverance.   I really want to just share some of the good things that have happened with my bipolar and some of the bad things, and to really get to the point that bipolar...

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Bipolar & Wellness: Welcome to the ‘Thrive Tribe’

Melody Moezzi
June 14, 2018

What do members of the ‘thrive tribe’—those with Bipolar who maintain healthy, fulfilling lifestyles—have in common? By Melody Moezzi   In an effort to combat the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health conditions, I’ve been writing and speaking publicly about my experiences with bipolar disorder for nearly a decade. In that time, I have encountered...

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AJ Mendez Brooks on Wrestling the Stigma of Bipolar

bp Magazine
July 5, 2017

The retired WWE star, formerly known as AJ Lee, is fighting in a brand new arena: She is telling her story to take down stigma.   Growing up to be a professional wrestler isn’t every little girl’s dream, but it was for A.J. Mendez Brooks. The former WWE star was once a scrawny, awkward kid,...

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Back Chat with Katherine Switz

bp Magazine
May 2, 2017

Strict scheduling helps the founder of The Stability Network juggle motherhood and running two nonprofits while managing her bipolar disorder, including psychotic episodes.   Business executive Katherine Switz was diagnosed with bipolar I while earning her MBA at Harvard Business School. After nearly 20 years in international development and consulting, she founded and runs The...

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Accepting Your Diagnosis: Paving the Way for Future Success

Miguel Garcia
April 7, 2017

Miguel hit rock-bottom two years after his bipolar diagnosis. Now he’s graduating from an Ivy League college. Acceptance was the first important step.   Early in my treatment for bipolar disorder, I had a doctor who urged me to accept my “disability” and pursue more “realistic” career options—ones that did not involve returning to the...

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My Story: Experiments in Living

Jennifer Goforth Gregory
April 7, 2017

Katie Dale’s journey into adulthood   By Jennifer Goforth Gregory   As activity director at a senior residential facility, Katie Dale spends her day interacting with people struggling with dementia. When one of the residents was worried that her husband was stuck at home alone, Dale patiently promised to check on his well-being—although she knew...

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Lauren Burke—Achiever, Activist & Forbes “30 Under 30”

Michelle Roberts
January 3, 2017

Getting a bipolar II diagnosis was a catalyst for social justice lawyer Lauren Burke to start addressing her own emotional pain and self-harming. By Michelle Roberts   At 33, Lauren Burke has an eye-popping list of achievements. That’s due to an almost obsessive drive to help those less fortunate than herself—the product of a deep empathy...

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Conductor Ronald Braunstein—Making Music, Fighting Stigma

Robin L. Flanigan
January 3, 2017

Ronald Braunstein uses his experience with bipolar disorder to help other musicians with brain-based disorders find a safe place to create music with his Me2/Orchestra. By Robin Flanigan   Maestro Ronald Braunstein’s amazing splash on the international music stage at a mere 23 years old was a sign of things to come—in more ways than...

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My Story: Logan’s Run

Michelle Roberts
November 1, 2016

Diagnosed with bipolar at 22, Logan propelled himself from the pit of discouragement to prepping for medical school. By Michelle Roberts   “Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know that I have bipolar disorder.” Those simple words, spoken into a home video camera and posted to YouTube, cemented Logan Noone’s transformation from isolated...

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Turning Suffering Into Hope

April Michael
May 24, 2016

I have lived with mental illness my entire life. Of course, at five years old I didn’t know I had any disorders, I just knew that I had to have my room in order, with my toys arranged just so…or something bad would happen. As I got older, the rituals became more pronounced, more uncomfortable,...

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Living with Bipolar Disorder Takes Courage

Andrea Paquette
May 6, 2016

I have heard countless inspirational stories of people dealing with bipolar disorder who have attempted suicide, battled through drug and alcohol misuse, survived psychotic breakdowns, have pushed through endless depressive episodes and many who have persevered past their struggles despite the obstacles that have gotten in their way. I recognize these immense achievements and I...

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I’m Besties With My Ex-Wife Because I’m Bipolar

Gabe Howard
April 19, 2016

By: Gabe Howard Living with bipolar disorder creates a lot of weird experiences. I’ve been manic, depressed, hypersexual, and everything in between. I’ve blacked out and freaked out more times than I can recall. It’s not a nice illness, as many people will attest, and when I talk about my life with others, there is...

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The Importance of Speaking Up when you have Bipolar Disorder

Andrea Paquette
April 3, 2016

I know it can be extremely difficult to be open about having bipolar disorder, or any mental health condition, but I strongly feel that it is imperative to speak up about our lived experiences of having a mental illness. I remained silent for over seven years and concealed having bipolar disorder in fear of being...

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Balancing Motherhood & Bipolar

Lori Hile
October 1, 2015

For Jennifer Marshall—wife, mother, and creator of  ‘This Is My Brave’—a bipolar diagnosis led to a more satisfying life and redefining what really matters. By Lori Hile   Jennifer used to define success in terms of her high-powered recruiting job for one of the top creative staffing agencies in the Washington, D.C., area. She was...

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Bipolar, Weight and 7 Steps to Getting “Unstuck”

Brad Hoefs
August 2, 2015

On June 1st I finally began to get “unstuck” with my weight. It has taken me far too long to get to the point of making the decision that enough was enough. Since June 1st I’ve lost 40 pounds. I have many more to go. But, I’m on my way. I hated being “stuck”. Plus,...

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