Living with Mental Illness: Bipolar Disorder

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Bob Regis had a family, a solid career and a promising future ahead of him. That was until bipolar disorder derailed his life. In this story, Bob shares his personal battle with bipolar disorder, which is a mood disorder characterized by depressive lows and manic highs. He also explains how he regained control of his life and how he now uses his illness as a platform to help other people.

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"I grew up in a family riveted with mental illness...I equated it with weakness. I grew up in a family riveted with mental illness...I equated it with weakness."

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