Author | Keynote Speaker | Mental Wellness Advocate
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.
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
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
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