Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

September 19, 2014 4:58 PM

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Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

I am a 58-year-old woman who has experienced major episodes of depression since I was a young girl. My first suicide attempt came when I was 15. Because of my age, I have been in a position to witness the changes in the way mental illnesses are viewed, and how our scientific understanding of them has deepened, firsthand. You can have no idea how dramatic these changes have been.

I have also been fat all my life, clumsy and very lacking in basic balancing abilities most people take for granted. I have had high blood pressure since the first time it was ever tested when I was 14. Social isolation has been a way of life, as I have also been labeled a schizoid personality. Now ...

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