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Allison Strong
Allison Strong

Allison attended Stanford on a volleyball scholarship. She continued playing volleyball professionally in LA while acting in TV, film, student film and commercials. When she had her first manic episode, she was in Ketchum/Sun Valley Idaho, working in radio. She was sent to Salt Lake City, the nearest psych ward around. Now she writes for International Bipolar Disorder, bphope.com and…

Andrew Marc Feliciano
Andrew Marc Feliciano

Drew Feliciano is an independent journalist/freelance writer who is completing his bachelor’s degree in political science. Throughout his life he has dealt with bipolar disorder and ADHD. Diagnosed at age fifteen, Drew has had plenty of time to learn how to cope with the struggles that come with bipolar disorder and ADHD. He has been stable for almost seven years,…

Angela Finlay
Angela Finlay

Angela Finlay is a freelance writer and blogger committed to sharing matters that affect health and wellbeing. From fitness and motivation to medical ailments and psychological hurdles, she has covered a range of health and lifestyle topics through her web writing career. Angela feels that a high quality of life should be a top priority for everyone, and tries her…

Becky Wicks
Becky Wicks

Becky is an English literature and creative writing university student and passionate mental health advocate from South East England. Diagnosed with bipolar I, she strives to battle against stigma through the written word, whilst devouring any book she can get her hands on. See more of Becky's writing on her blog.

Bethany Heinesh
Bethany Heinesh

Bethany Heinesh is a professional writer who focuses her work on mental health advocacy. She has a Master of Arts in Administration-Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word and a B.A. in Public Relations with a Minor in Religious Studies from the University of Houston. She is also a proud Marine Corps veteran. Bethany was diagnosed with Bipolar…

Brenda Vanta
Brenda Vanta

Brindusa Vanta is an alternative health care doctor, author and medical writer. She has written for the Livestrong, South Asian Health Chronicle, Oakville Massage Community and Information Network, and she focuses on nutrition and homeopathy. She received her MD degree from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine, Romania, and her HD diploma from Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Charlie Kaplan
Charlie Kaplan

Charlie is a writer and graduate student pursuing a Masters in English and Creative Writing. She also shares her experiences and knowledge through her blogs, Decoding Bipolar and Accepting ADHD. She was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder, ADHD, and generalized anxiety disorder in 2015 at the age of 31. She lives on the southeast coast with her husband and dog.

Donna Schwontkowski
Donna Schwontkowski

With over 25 years of experience in treating patients from an alternative health perspective, Dr. Donna Schwontkowski offers insight into how to use natural methods of healing to significantly improve your health. Her background includes being a retired chiropractor, a dietitian in charge of nursing home residents’ nutritional needs, a clinical nutritionist, and a Master Herbalist.

Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson

Eric L. Patterson, LPC, is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania working for over a decade to help his clients live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner and freelance writer specializing in transferring his mental health knowledge and experience into clear, actionable content for his readers. Recently, Eric’s writing has expanded to a lighter side with…

Fliss Baker
Fliss Baker

Fliss has always loved being creative and, combining this with a strong business sense, graduated university to start her marketing career. She quickly climbed to a senior account management role within a branding and design agency. However, after an accumulation of prolonged stress she was diagnosed with bipolar and an eating disorder and was admitted to psychiatric hospitals on several…

Jane Brasil
Jane Brasil

Jane began writing at the young age of 11. Writing came easy to her. It was something that she felt compelled to do. As she looks back, she realizes that it was perhaps a way of dealing with strong emotions that she felt no one would understand or validate. She was fearful of being judged and misunderstood. Writing them down…

Josh Duvauchelle
Josh Duvauchelle

Josh is health and wellness expert and certified personal trainer from Victoria, BC. His advice on fitness, nutrition, chronic illnesses and more have been featured in Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Eating Well magazine, HuffPost, Alive magazine, Teen Vogue, USA Today and many other major media outlets.

Kiki Woodham
Kiki Woodham

Kiki is an American artist, writer, and bipolar superhero living in the Netherlands with her partner, their two kids, and a very disagreeable cat. She loves knitting, post-apocalyptic shooter games, and Hayao Miyazaki films.

Krystina Ostermeyer
Krystina Ostermeyer

Krysti is a 30-something wife to Brad, and mother to Logan. She also happens to suffer from anxiety and has had migraines since she was 12 years old. In August of 2017, she also had a meningioma (a benign brain tumor) removed. She writes for the NewLifeOutlook|Bipolar, as well as a variety of other NewLifeOutlook communities. She is an RN…

Lizzie Reezay
Lizzie Reezay

Lizzie is a 23-year-old YouTuber who lives in California. Lizzie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in January of 2016 and writes on her blog LizzieAnswers about how she has come to understand her diagnosis and herself within it. All of the spectrums of bipolar disorder are what makes her more creative and passionate and emotionally alive! Her YouTube has always…

Sammi Adams
Sammi Adams

Sammi Adams is an online video content creator with bipolar disorder who currently resides in the great city of Atlanta, Georgia. She runs a channel on YouTube which currently boasts over 40K subscribers and over 70K views per month. She has degrees in philosophy and public health. You can find more of Sammi's videos on her YouTube channel.

Sharon Davis
Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis was born in Ashland, Ohio and was raised on a farm. She earned her BS in Materials Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She also earned a Masters of Public Health from Georgia State University. Sharon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 35 years old. Although she has faced many struggles since her diagnosis, she has…