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Mariah Carey, Margot Kidder and Me: Defying The Verdict

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Two beloved celebrities diagnosed with bipolar disorder have recently been featured in the news: singer Mariah Carey and actress Margot Kidder. After a public meltdown in 2001, Carey recently accepted her Bipolar II diagnosis, vowing to accept this diagnosis and care for herself. In April, she shared with okayplayer.com that she’s “in a really good place [and] hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone.” Kidder in May died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 69. She rebounded from a period of homelessness in 1996 resulting from a severely manic episode. Despite the stigma associated with the illness, Kidder relocated from Los Angeles to Montana and resumed her…

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Finding an Island of Hope in a Sea of Depression is The Happiness Quest

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There are many ways to try to visualize major clinical depression, a disorder that affects one out of every five women and one out of every eight men. The picture I always found most accurate comes from a scene in the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away. One moment, he’s on a plane, safe and comfortable. He’s flying through a storm, but it’s being navigated. All is well. Suddenly, the wind roars through the cabin, the plane plummets towards its doom, the captain and crew scream in confusion and terror. The plane crashes into the sea. Hanks’ character is underwater, but through a stroke of fate, he makes his way to the surface, along with an inflatable life raft. He climbs…

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