A vital part of DBSA’s work is to instill hope and, perhaps more importantly, the expectation that people with mood disorders can and do lead extraordinary lives free from debilitating symptoms. DBSA shares the stories and lived experiences of people who have faced depression or bipolar disorder and found success.
Life Unlimited Stories
Each month we feature a new, empowering story of an individual whose life has been touched, but not limited, by a mood disorder. Our hope is to provide inspiration to individuals living with depression or bipolar disorder—to acknowledge that, though there may be dark times, there is also hope, and we are not alone. Read Stories of Life Unlimited.
I'm Living Proof
Being diagnosed with a mood disorder as a teen can feel like a life sentence. Without success stories, it’s easy to think you will always feel this way and you won’t be able to have the life you had hoped for. Perhaps you remember this feeling when you were first diagnosed. Did life get better for you? Share your journey with teens experiencing mood disorders to give other’s hope because—you’re living proof! Find inspiration or submit your own story.
DBSA Honorary Advisory Board
All of the members of the DBSA Honorary Advisory Board exemplify that people living with mental health conditions can and do live extraordinary lives. We are immensely honored to have these talented and inspiring individuals as members of our new Honorary Advisory Board, and even more appreciative of the work that each has done to increase the understanding of, and reduce the stigma associated with, depression and bipolar disorder. Meet the inspiring members of the DBSA Honorary Advisory Board.
Videos of Personal Stories
All of us who live with mood disorders can benefit from sharing our stories, and video is a great way to put those stories into a relatable, personable format. Not only can the creative engagement of presenting yourself on video inspire you, but the generosity of displaying the struggles and triumphs of the journey can inspire others! Watch creative and diverse videos of personal stories.
Peers Celebrating Art
Many leading and transformative artists have struggled with, and often triumphed over, mood disorders. See the unique and important creative contributions of peers who express themselves through fine art.
Peers Celebrating Music
Music can transcend differences in background, language, culture, and experience to touch and motivate a diverse audience. And music possesses healing powers for both listener and creator. Hear the sounds of peers who share their musical talents.
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