Bipolar Disorder: Woman's Battle, Misunderstood Stigma
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by BWW News Desk
The mind may play tricks on all of us, but it becomes all too pervasive when struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder.
In her new nonfiction book Retha's Song, author Retha Bogard journeys her remission from bipolar disorder. After a decade-long struggle of mental illness, she lives a healthy, stable life.
"Despite the highs and lows, I never lost sight of God's greater plan for me," says Bogard. "Mental health issues are a distraction, but they don't have to ruin your life."
A successful musician, Bogard says that although she partially credits therapy and medicine for regaining control, it's her unorthodox system of faith that's moving her forward.
By confronting her triggers head on, she says she's now able to balance family, work and mental wellbeing without worrying about the extreme mood swings that once inhibited her.
"During my darkest hours, I learned love, faith and compassion are the essential ingredients of healing," says Bogard. "I see the divine essence is the greatest healer of all."
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