“Anne” is a 31 year old musician, improviser and educator. She has been diagnosed with bipolar 2 and struggles with some PTSD symptoms. She shares about her expereinces growing up, including that of her father caring for her ailing mother, instances of self harm, and taking anger management classes when she was in third grade. She improvises a song about the power of big emotions. She shares about her current romantic partner and being open about her mental health with him. Anne goes deeper into her experiences with manic and depressive episodes and a lengthy battle to find the right treaments. Among other realizations and powerful insights, Anne concludes: “It’s okay to have feelings. It’s a part of the human experience.”
Tatyana Frost is a writer and advocate for mental health and diversity in technology. She’s currently working on her memoir about her experience with bipolar disorder. She talks about growing up and the arc of her illness - going through extreme highs and lows, attempting to cope with suicidal depression, all while achieving academic and professional success. She speaks of being misunderstood and receiving a lack of family support on her initial efforts to get treatment and a diagnosis, as well as her own battle with feeling a stigma about being unwell or “crazy”. She now draws on her background of championing diversity in science and technology, to become a mental health advocate. She is sharing her story in a book “The Madness Effect” - a title Tatyana has coined to refer to one’s ability to develop pride in their mental health journey.
Steel Maggie is a songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles who creates bittersweet and bold dance pop music for the minimally sane, the moderately restless, and the significantly idealistic. She lives with bipolar, and has battled addiction. She shares her story with Dave including having the experience of wearing the moniker "crazy" as a badge. Maggie is also the host of the "Mind Made Wrong" podcast. Maggie and Dave muse about the alignment of their respective podcasts.
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Tim Davis is the author of TRIPOLAR: The Story of a Bipolar Triathlete”. He is a coach, science teacher, 12 time Ironman finisher, and 7 time 100-mile endurance run finisher. Tim shares about his history with addiction, personal family tragedy, mental illness and recovery.
You can get Tim's book TRIPOLAR at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and through several other stores listed on his website at ultratimdavis.com; where you can also sign up for coaching, connect to follow him on social media and subscribe to his blog.
June Converse is an author and blogger who provides an authentic look at the day-in-day-out worries, hopes, dreams, and fears of suffering from bipolar. After several downward spirals, she now is able to share and write from a place that inspires others through her struggles, helping them to feel safe to express themselves as well. June has published two fictional novels that tell the stories of hope through mental health struggles. Decide to Hope and Journey to Hope are both available on Amazon or your preferred bookseller. She can be contacted on Instagram and Facebook. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuneAConverseAuthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/converse.june/ Website / Blog: www.juneconverse.com Decide to Hope: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087J997RX?ref_=dbs_s_ks_series_rwt Journey to Hope: https://www.amazon.com/June-Converse-ebook/dp/B08FBBQY7J
Carl LaMark is a composer, pianist, and recording engineer born and raised in Chicago. He shares about living a life of music while coping with loss, anxiety, and clinical depression. He also shares insight into his experience of falling ill with Covid-19 earlier this year.
Alex Rembold is a Chicago based singer songwriter and improvisational actor. He has performed at the iO with the musical improv group "La Di Da" and is the host of the podcast "Little City; Big World". He shares about his experience living with Bipolar 1.
Eric Majeski is an innovator, a musician, and a holistic healer/counselor in-training. He’s currently in grad school cultivating new solutions for the addiction epidemic and studying mental health counseling. Eric performs and tours across North America with his band the Mystic Hearts. Eric is a fierce mental health advocate, and maintains a transformational coaching practice of select clients looking to up-level their creativity and productivity as well as become more adept at managing their energy and natural intelligence.
Luke Warner is an improviser, rapper, comedian and world traveler. Luke chats with Dave about the use of offensive language and content to reach an audience. They discuss Luke’s history with mental health and dig deeper into how people communicate in art, politics, and life. Luke a.k.a “Uncle Tasty” improvises a rap with Dave on keys.