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My view from the rollercoaster.
Sometimes you have to step straight into fear to find what you are looking for.
Coronavirus isolation feels relatively easy compared to a bout of major depression.
Facades come second nature to so many of us with mental health issues.
Grief is a normal response to the loss of the familiar.
Learning how to be alone is a gift that will outlast these times.
Mindfulness is a surprisingly effective medication.
Saying “I need help” is the least selfish thing you can do.
Is it safe to tell others the truth about your feelings?
Being grateful has surprisingly selfish rewards.
If you want to be truly lucky, make room in your life for serendipity.
When you discover stigma right next door, here’s what you can do.
Finally, a new TV series called “Modern Love” nails bipolar disorder.
Self-medicating is tempting, but it can steal your life away.
Having bipolar disorder doesn’t always mean you’re symptomatic.
Never, ever stop worrying about harming yourself.
How can men get the mental health help they need without sacrificing their masculinity?
There’s a razor thin line between recovery and despair.
Shame can persist, even in recovery. But you don’t have to feed it.
Is painfully fleeting pleasure better than no pleasure at all?
Choosing to live a saner life shouldn’t be a luxury.
It’s amazing: Minding your manners can soothe your nerves.
The beginning of recovery can be a very dangerous time.
Is it enough to survive mental illness—or should you demand more?
When you’re depressed, achieving small tasks feels miraculous.
Talking openly about suicide can yield surprising rewards.t
Are you paying close enough attention? Daily stress can be deadly.
You can reboot your sanity with one simple gesture.
You never really lose the sobriety you’ve won.
Success can hide the darkest intentions.
A dual diagnosis—mental illness combined with substance abuse—can be deadly.
Terri Cheney is the author of Manic: A Memoir and The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar.