Episode 2: Bipolar Does Not Define Me

In the second episode of I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Young Self, we hear from Lauren, a DBSA Young Adult Council member, about her first experience with hypomania. Lauren talks about her experiences from setting up treatment to difficulties with insurance. Lauren’s letter reminds us that you can learn to live successfully with bipolar and not be defined by it. Read Lauren’s letter to her younger self.

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Episode 1: Wellness is Trending Upwards

In the first episode of I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger self, we hear from DBSA Young Adult Council member Olivia about her first experience with her mood disorder diagnosis. Olivia’s story reminds us, “the path to wellness isn’t always a straight line, but it is trending upwards”. Read Olivia’s letter to her younger self.

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If you live with depression or bipolar, when things are at their worst it can feel like things will never get better. It may be when you are first diagnosed or during a difficult event, or for no particular reason that you can pinpoint at all.

What we do know is that these times do pass, and that you are not alone. In fact, when we take time to reflect on our experiences and circumstances, we often find, with overwhelming proof, the strength we have shown during some of our greatest challenges.

DBSA’s blog and podcast series, I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, shares inspiring stories of young adult peers who are living proof that they can overcome even the most difficult times.

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I’m Living Proof Archive

I’m Living Proof created to share inspiration for young adults living with mood disorder. These archival posts represent the stories shared between 2015-2020.

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