Thing a Day
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Thing a Day

You Don’t Owe Anyone Your Life’s Story

The choice to tell your story is yours alone.

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My father and I grew up in very different generations. As such, after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, his ideas for how I handle that in public situations were different from mine. When I got my first job, and with every subsequent job afterward, he admonished me to not share my diagnosis with anyone at those jobs…

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Matthew Maniaci

Matthew Maniaci

Living with and talking about mental illness in an open, honest way to help break down stigma. I was one of those suicidal kids you read about. He/him/his.