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Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Susannah Bortner

Here’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard — really hard — many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.

That’s why we’ve created this new interview series. It debuted last month with Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar.

This month we’re honored to talk to Susannah Bortner, a mom, writer, early education teacher and amateur baker living in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Susannah Bortner

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  1. There is a very thin line between mental illness and wellness. Even withing diagnosed conditions, there are huge differences across a spectrum. One man’s OCD is another woman’s desire to be tidy and clean. I feel that most psychiatric diagnosis is entirely subjective and based entirely on what the patient can express. Many suffer agony throughout their lives, unable or unwilling to get help


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