Announcing the 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship Winners

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The 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship winners posed interesting questions. Can someone with bipolar disorder still enjoy a typical college experience? Do we really have to suffer for our art? Their entries provide some provocative and surprising insights. See

This year’s Bipolar Lives Scholarship has been awarded to two outstanding students from New England and Texas. The $1,000.00 cash prize money will be equally divided so that each winner receives $500.00.

The first winner is Rachel Marlena Stevens, a Theology student from Massachusetts. Her essay, "Negotiating Uncertainty with Bipolar Disorder", is an informative article on how to cope with bipolar disorder in college and still live life to the fullest .

The second winner is Amanda Rogers, a Creative Writing student from Austin, Texas, for her essay "Creating a Bipolar Artist". This essay seeks to dispel the notion that people with bipolar disorder should eschew treatment in order to tap into their creative self.

When Rachael was told that she was a co-winner of this year’s Bipolar Lives Scholarship, Rachael happily told Bipolar Lives that: “Navigating bipolar disorder in college can present a challenge but it doesn't have to! With the right support system and the proper mindset one can lead a healthy, successful life, manage bipolar disorder, and still partake in many of the activities that make college one of the best times of one's life.”

When Amanda learned that she was a co-winner of the 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship, Amanda was ecstatic. Amanda told us: “For many years I bought into the idea that I would be absolutely stripped of all of my creative energy, and furthermore, the desire to be creative if I were on any psychotropic medicines used to treat bipolar disorder. This idea is absurd. As a writer, I desire to say things and say them well. How can I know what I am actually thinking and feeling- and then try to describe them to you in print- if my mind is lost within itself or sunk down in a fit of depression?"

According to scholarship donor Sarah Freeman: “This year the judging panel agreed on the winners in record time. Since we started the scholarship program in 2008, interest in the scholarship has continued to grow, and we have been able to double the prize money. Our goal is to keep growing until we can award five $1,000.00 awards annually."

For more information on the Bipolar Lives Scholarship, contact Sarah Freeman or visit Bipolar is one of the Internet's leading sites on bipolar disorder, and provides a unique blend of the latest research, effective bipolar management tools and techniques, and personal stories about conquering manic depression. The Bipolar Lives Scholarship is funded from the proceeds of book sales, including our two best selling e-Books, “The Bipolar Diet,” and "Social Security Disability and Bipolar Disorder".

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