Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

December 23, 2014 7:01 PM

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I had my first psychotic break in 1995 when I was 15 years old at a camp for highly intelligent kids who thought they might go to law school someday. I was having visual and auditory hallucinations. Apparently that isn't normal. I had a few misdiagnoses but was eventually diagnosed as bipolar I and have been treated for it now for several years.

In 1998, while a first-year student in college I was sexual assaulted. I was dealing with that and bipolar, had another psychotic break, and yet still successfully graduated. I went on to graduate school. While in grad school, I had my third psychotic break. I also realized I had been raped and bega...

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