Thank you, Randy. I feel as a society we just don’t talk about it enough. I disagree there is a stigma attached. Times are changing, you know. People have become more open and understanding.

I do feel the more I talk about it the more others will, even if it’s just leaving a response saying they can relate. This at least means they are thinking about it after reading.

For me, honesty and openness is the best route to take. It proves that I am in control of me and not depression. Although I admit, the manic episodes are a bit absurd.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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