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A Bipolar Memoir, by Jennifer S.

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Uploaded on Oct 1, 2010

From the destructive self-loathing to the empty numbness, living with depression can be a devastating ordeal. Life often ceases to make sense and feels not worth living.

All the words of guidance in the world are often not enough to wake someone out of a depressive slumber. But sharing a visual tale may inspire others into realizing that someone did get over the pain, in baby steps and with deliberate intent. Staying healthy takes a daily commitment and discipline. For those of us who have a depressive makeup, we work doubly as hard as everyone else to maintain some sort of serenity. But I tell you, it is possible.
Disempowering thoughts can crop up easily for the person living with depression, but these states of mind are not eternal and can be changed with focus and effort through good practices and habits. Sharing my own story for this contest is very important to me because I have lived with bipolar disorder for 16 years. After three hospitalizations, lost jobs because I could not function, and strained relationships because loved ones had enough of my "feeling sorry for myself," I learned to look at things differently in order to survive. I feel my video (which highlights my own photographs, artwork and collage work) shares my outlook that could only have been reached because of my journey. Yes, I have been there. But now I am here. Happy and healthy.

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