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In 1982, I was diagnosed with a severe case of Bipolar disorder.

Now that I have achieved a largely asymptomatic, even mood, people who know nothing about my mental health history some times speak quite pejoratively in my presence about those who suffer with bipolar. Some people expect those suffering with bipolar disorder to swing from chandeliers and exhibit all manner of outrageous behavior, continuously. I have remained silent never attempting to correct their unlearned notions.

I now understand the truest motivation for my silence. I did not want anyone who had no idea to know I was on of the crazies of whom people speak.

 

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Defying the Verdict : My Bipolar Life. Available On Amazon

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Defying the Verdict is a wonderful book: deeply human, full of life’s joys and suffering. Full of the author’s courage and faith. Charita Brown describes her bipolar illness in telling detail; her writing is powerful and eloquent. I highly recommend this book.
— KAY REDFIELD JAMISON, AUTHOR OF AN UNQUIET MIND
Charita Cole Brown writes with grace, vulnerability, and a fearless urgency about being a black woman with bipolar disorder. Her story is remarkable, full of insight and inspiration.
— NANA-AMA DANQUAH, AUTHOR OF WILLOW WEEL FOR ME: A BLACK WOMAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH DEPRESSION
This is a must-read memoir and a detailed account by Charita Cole Brown of her years before and after she is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Being true and genial in approach, Charta details her struggle after her diagnosis—a life full of love, hope, and success.
— Times of India
 

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Charita Cole Brown was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was in college. She wrote her recent book, "Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life," to help people understand the disorder and to challenge the stereotypes that surround mental illness generally. Brown had a career in elementary education, and now is a mental wellness advocate for numerous organizations. Read more


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Charita Cole Brown was diagnosed with a severe form of bipolar disorder while finishing her final semester as an English major at Wesleyan University. Doctors predicted she would never lead a “normal” life. Despite that prognosis and because she sought treatment, Charita went on to marry, raise a family, earn a masters degree in teaching and enjoy a fulfilling career in education.

Her powerful story is chronicled in her debut book, Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life (Curbside Splendor Publishing, June 2018). Read more
 

 

 
 
Mental Health is Physical health.
— Charita Cole BRown
 
 

 
 

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