What does it feel like to live with mental illness, such as panic disorder or bipolar disorder? In this episode, Dr. Margaret tells her story of having and managing panic attacks, as performed in the local This Is My Brave program. In rehearsal, she met the young Caitlin McDowell, whose stunning piece on living with bipolar disorder is also included in this episode. This Is My Brave, begun by Jennifer Marshall, is a national and international non-profit program where people with mental illness can be seen and heard for who they are — normal, everyday people who manage their illnesses with courage and persistence, and are only asking to stop the prejudice against mental illness.

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