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Dave’s Story

“Learn to say no to others, and no to yourself first.”

Share your stigma experience.

For 40 years I have lived with PTSD, depression, anxiety, hypomania (bipolar 2), a long list of phobias (including fear of leaving my house, being alone, fear of silence, sensitivities to sound), and a 25 year absence from music/theater/comedy.

How did you overcome this experience?

I am trying to start a podcast (interview-style) where mental health is among the topics I talk about, and can save up for either a separate show or highlight in the show. I don’t know what I’m doing but it’s amazing what you learn while trying.

Help others by sharing a brief, positive message.

Learn to say no to others, and no to yourself first. You can be your own worst enemy. Say yes only to the things and people that make you stronger and better.

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