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A Black woman explains her trials and successes living with bipolar disorder to her 19 year old niece. The age she was when she was first diagnosed.

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GET UP!

Aunt Sia reflects on how her mom inspired her to move forward in life.

TUMS

Aunt Sia has an insightful therapy appointment with a pregnant therapist.

Kay Jamison – An Inspiration

Aunt Sia reflects on how Kay Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind helped her believe she could fully recover from bipolar disorder.

Eleven Questions: Joan

This is 11 questions.   You do not have to have an official diagnosis in order to participate.  This is about learning how each of us maintains our mental health regardless of whether or not we are diagnosed with a mental illness. You do not have to be a black female to participate.  Mental health struggles and mental…

Eleven Questions: Marcella – Black, Female, 57

This is 11 questions.   You do not have to have an official diagnosis in order to participate.  This is about learning how each of us maintains our mental health regardless of whether or not we are diagnosed with a mental illness. You do not have to be a black female to participate.  Mental health struggles and mental…

Eleven Questions: Racquel – Black, Female, 26

This is 11 questions. You do not have to have an official diagnosis in order to participate.  This is about learning how each of us maintains our mental health regardless of whether or not we are diagnosed with a mental illness. You do not have to be a black female to participate.  Mental health struggles…

Keith’s Visit

Keith, Aunt Sia’s college roommate and friend, comes to visit her in the Girl Interrupted hospital.

The New Unit

Aunt Sia leaves the short term unit of the Girl Interrupted hospital for a new unit with a whole new level of freedom.

Thirst

Aunt Sia reflects on one of the major side effects from her psych meds.

Smoke Break

Aunt Sia reflects on the freedoms she took for granted.

Call Me Dick

Aunt Sia reflects on how she met her husband, Rich.

Dad’s Visit

Aunt Sia remembers one of her Dad’s visits to see her in the Girl Interrupted hospital.