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Supergirl's Chyler Leigh Reveals Her Struggle with Bipolar Disorder: 'It’s Okay to Not Be Okay'.
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I'm glad Melissa and Chyler have each other to lean on.
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Bravo to Chyler for speaking out.

Just as with David, I hope this reduces the stigma around bipolar disorder and mental health and encourages more people to seek help.

I am glad we have such a brave cast.
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I have such great respect for the cast being so open about their mental health. The struggle itself isn't easy, and there are plenty of people who attach a stigma to the topic. 

When I told my dad about my diagnosis (major depressive disorder), he asked, "What do you have to be depressed about?" I chuckled and said, "That's why they call it a disorder, dad." 

Chyler's description of how her meds stabilize her peaks and valleys really resonates with me. I jokingly call my meds "happy pills." What they are in reality is more like "levelling pills." They get me to a point where my internal reactions are more appropriate for a given situation. Even so, some days are better than others. And although my condition is persistent, having gone undiagnosed for a couple of decades, it is relatively moderate when compared with Chyler's experience.

One thing I can say is if you're struggling with despair, feeling detached or indifferent, or just consistently tired and worn down, talk about it-even if it is just with your doctor to start. Be open to options they present, like you would be if you were coming to them with any other illness. 

Sometimes the hardest thing is believing things can get better. It can. 
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Chyler is more the heroine than Melissa given all she has had to face...not to mention that one of her kids has High functioning Autism...what was once called Asperger's is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder. I went to a psychiatrist who helped me deal with Social Security (LONG STORY) and after confirming I still have Autism, he told me the name has changed to ASD.

I think the good Lord can help both Melissa and Chyler deal with this as well as their medical team.
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Nice read! She also has a great deal of courage to recount her personal story as well. Her history is slightly more turbulent than Melissa's, but is equally valid and worth noting.

Kudos to both Melissa and Chyler for confronting and managing difficult personal challenges. Neither road is easy but they can be navigated successfully. I wish them both much success in finding inner and outer peace.

Thanks for posting this.
"Contemporary" - Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, from the CD/Download Contemporary. (2019)
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