Linea Johnson: A Mental Health Advocate’s Reasons for Hope

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Have you ever wondered what bipolar disorder is like from the inside? This month on Brain Waves I bring you an interview and open Q&A session with Linea Johnson, co-author of Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar and a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her. This extraordinary young woman has not only survived with bipolar disorder but for the last several years has been an outspoken advocate for people with mental illness everywhere. Here she chats about the ups and downs of her disease, the rewards of speaking out, the best way to fight stigma, the wonder of benefiting from improvements in ECT therapy and why people with mental illness should have hope.