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08/27/2014 09:42 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2014

I'm An Educated, Talented, Employed Young Professional -- And I Have Bipolar Disorder

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I'm a singer and a pianist. I like writing, painting, DIYing, and crafting handmade gifts for my friends and family. I'm in a serious relationship with a person I love very much, have a Bachelor's degree, and work full time in ad sales as well as part time as a voice instructor. I have a full, rich life with plenty of people who love me in it. I also have Bipolar Disorder.

Every day, I hear demeaning stereotypes about bipolar disorder, like "Yeah, my ex was batsh*t crazy, pretty sure she was bipolar." And I'm sick of it. There are millions of perfectly functioning, vibrant people out there who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Not only that, but we often go to great lengths to NOT make our loved ones suffer due to our illness. The vast majority of us live our lives with grace, passion and a whole lot of love to give to the ones around us.

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