Bipolar Disorder in Students

Continuing Your Education. Read these personal stories, practical advice and tips on balancing your ongoing education while managing your bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

What Would You Say to Someone Newly Diagnosed?

Brad Hoefs
January 20, 2014

Looking back, there are a lot of helpful, encouraging things I wish people would have said to me when I was newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was asked to become part of an anti-stigma campaign called, “You’ve Got This.” I have to make a 1-3 minute encouraging video about my journey for those who...

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Letting Go

Karl Shallowhorn
August 23, 2013

“If you love something, then you have to let it go.” Unknown Tomorrow my daughter goes away to college.  She is the first to leave the nest.  This stirs up a lot of emotions for me. On the one hand, I’m happy for her and have enjoyed her infectious excitement she has had over the...

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Sick of talking about it

Jon Press
August 13, 2013

Sometimes I get tired of talking about bipolar disorder.  And I wonder if my friends online and in “real life” get tired of hearing about mood swings, medications, psychiatrists, and the day to day struggles.  I imagine them saying (or at least thinking), “We all have our stuff Jon.  Why must you continue to dwell...

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You have a story to tell

Jon Press
March 26, 2013

Your story is important because it is yours.  It’s unique and inspiring, and nobody can tell it better than you! Have you ever considered yourself an educator?  Well you are! You have a powerful story to tell based on the wisdom earned from life experience.  Have you considered sharing your story for the purpose of...

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Take Advantage of Disability Services

Melody Moezzi
March 18, 2013

I hated law school. There were classes I enjoyed and professors I admired, and I wouldn’t trade my legal education for anything. Still, I hated law school. Unlike many of my classmates, I’ve never been a competitive person. It’s just not in my nature. The only team I’ve ever joined was my high school speech...

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Opportunities for us!

Melody Moezzi
October 22, 2012

Recently, I learned about a scholarship for people living with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or related disorders. It’s called the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship, and I must confess, I had no idea such opportunities existed. As such, I figured it might be worth researching whether there were any similar opportunities out there. Turns out, there are! The National...

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Dear Mom, Dear Dad, “I Cannot Only Survive, But Flourish”

Lizzie
November 20, 2004

A woman’s heartfelt letter to her parents about their struggles with her bipolar disorder.   Well I’m 16/or 19/or 24 years old now and as we all plainly know, I’m bipolar (because of everything that’s happened this year/or two years ago/or back when I was in high school). And there’s a few things I’d like...

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