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Personal Story: Wayne C. Wilson, Austin, TX

Topic: Bipolar Disorder • Title: “Just Me” • 3rd Place Winner in the 2007 DBSA Facing Us Video Contest, Facing Bipolar Disorder

PSA: Bipolar Disorder

Video Credit: Anthony Wyborny, Long Beach, CA • Topic: Bipolar Disorder

PSA: Depression

Video Credit: Anders Holine, Woodbury, MN • Topic: Depression

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Original Song: "Mind So Broken"

Credit: Mike A. Corey

Original Song: "Don't Let Me"

Credit: Mike A. Corey

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Art: Painting

Fusion—Chelsea S., Madison, WI

Art: Drawing

Many Moods, Many Colors—Rev. Gretta Dahl Hansing, M.S/M.Ed

Tip getting out of the "loop"

often i find myself slipping back into depression - and i start feeling sorry for myself - like i cannot and do not want to live with this disease. then i look around and see all the other incredibly strong and optimistic people who are battling other illnesses and try to keep my thinking in perspective. i also consider how much my family needs me - and how devastated they would be without me. people survive horrible tragedies, yet continue on. i live with depression every day - some days are easy, some hard. i need to take medication - and i need to be ok with that. when my thinking starts getting me down - i try to talk myself out of it - sometimes it works, sometimes not. then it is time to get help and support from the people who love you and are there to get you through rough patches. writing it all down helps, too.

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