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Episode Info: This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. Here is a link to Part One if you missed it.  In this episode I interview Erin, a woman who was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder 20 years ago after 5 years of cycling manic and depressive episodes. I split this episode into two parts because her story was so interesting and full of information that it ran almost two hours. The first half focuses mainly on Mania and the second half, which is posted here, focuses mainly on depression, diagnosis, and living with bipolar disorder long term. What you will find if you scroll down on this page: Quotes from this episode Links to resources on bipolar disorder Where to listen to this show How to engage with me and help share these stories with new listeners! Reasons you will enjoy this show: If you have someone in your family who is diagnosed bipolar 1 and want to understand more about this disorder. If you have concerns about some of your own cycling behavior or that of someone you are close to. If you want to help remove the stigma from mental health disorders If you are fascinated with what the human brain is capable of. If you are writing a character who has bipolar 1 disorder. If you love learning about experiences that are different than your own. You can listen on on itunes Or click on the play button at the top of this post.  And don’t forget to leave me some stars and some comments! I will read your comments and try to do whatever I can to make my interviews better or keep doing whatever it is you love! Others will also read your comments to decide if they want to listen to my podcast so please share your experience, it is helpful all around. And feel free to share this podcast on your blog, but please let people know where to find more: link them back to my site or my People On Paper on iTunes. Resources on the topic of Mental Illness and Bipolar:  NAMI The National Alliance on Mental Illness  NAMI on Bipolar Disorder  International Bipolar Foundation Mayo Clinic Bipolar Disorder Homelessness and Mental Illness Quotes From This Episode: "Depression feels like it’s this thing that just takes over and you do not have a choice, it’s just, it’s like a huge black cloud that just descends on you and just floors you.""I would interact with people but I could barely get any words out, I just couldn’t figure out how to communicate with anybody, I didn’t want to.""You can’t really reach someone when they’re manic. They’re not op
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