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Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Introduction to Shelby Tweten, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Shelby Tweten, mental health advocate and new author of "Mental Health for the Digital Generation," talks about living with mental illness. Read more here.My name is Shelby Tweten and I’m the new coauthor of Mental Health for the Digital Generation. I have struggled with mental illness as long as I can remember. I am diagnosed with bipolar type II as well as borderline personality disorder, but I was wrongly diagnosed for years. I first went to therapy when I was eight years old. Originally labeled as depressed, when I was 14, I was put on medication that later threw me into a medically-induced manic episode. After being diagnosed with bipolar when I was 17, I decided to audition for American Idol. On the show, I talked about my struggle with bipolar and how music helped me get through it. With all that going on and still being in high school, staying on medication was hard for me. When you’re good, you think you’re fantastic, which leads you to think you can handle life without your medication. This is wrong.

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About Hannah Blum, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

About Hannah Blum, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

I am Hannah Blum, age 26, and diagnosed with bipolar disorder type two. I have also struggled with an eating disorder and the daily issues of being a woman in her mid-20s. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to write for Mental Health for the Digital Generation here at HealthyPlace.

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Kristen Virag Bids Farewell to the ‘Digital Generation’ Blog

Kristen Virag Bids Farewell to the ‘Digital Generation’ Blog

It has been an absolute pleasure writing for HealthyPlace and uploading videos each fortnight. Thank you to everyone who has read my blogs and watched my videos each week. I feel many blessings have come out of my mental health struggles.

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About Kristen Virag, Author of “Mental Health for the Digital Generation”

About Kristen Virag, Author of “Mental Health for the Digital Generation”

Hello, my name is Kristen Virag, and I am very pleased to be the co-author of the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog. I have had two major episodes of anxiety, depression and depersonalization (where your thoughts and feelings feel like you’re not your own and you lose your own identity) which left me in a very crippled state for several months. I now consider myself recovered, but I pay special attention to myself and care for myself daily to make sure I never relapse.

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About Samantha U’Ren, Author of Mental Health for the Digital Generation

About Samantha U’Ren, Author of Mental Health for the Digital Generation

Hello, my name is Samantha U’Ren and I am a 22-year-old college student who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. I enjoy going to the gym, thrift shopping, and trying to live as much of a “normal” life as possible. I am also pleased to announce that I am the new blogger for the Mental Health for the Digital Generation blog.

Being in college is challenging; I think everyone can agree to that. However, my journey through college is a little different because I am a recovering alcoholic who also suffers from major depression and generalized anxiety disorder.

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About Dani Zee, Author of the Mental Health for the Digital Generation Vlog

About Dani Zee, Author of the Mental Health for the Digital Generation Vlog

My name is Dani Zee. I am a mental health consumer and advocate. I am also a business owner, a friend, a daughter and a sister.

I have been video blogging on YouTube for over a year about my life and living with mental illness. My purpose in doing this is to raise awareness about mental illness and to support people that experience it. Now, I’m glad to be here at HealthyPlace.com sharing mental health information and insights with young adults who are dealing with mental health problems and may being going through what I’ve experienced.

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