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.

Blogs and Articles

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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Wisdom & Bipolar Acceptance

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.   By Miguel Garcia   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...

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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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