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Paige Wyant

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When I Realized I Can’t ‘Outsmart’ Mental Illness

“I can prepare for the storm, and I know it will soon pass”

The late Carrie Fisher, who stopped trying to outsmart her bipolar disorder and instead worked to lift the stigma around it, speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International.

It’s the overthinking that gets me. I’m a self-reflective and analytical person with self-imposed impossibly high standards to begin with. So when it comes to mental health, I tend to pressure myself to always be coping better, fighting better—even hiding my illness better. And I often fall into the trap of thinking I can ultimately learn to control my mental illnesses if I analyze it enough and pay close enough attention to its patterns and triggers.

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