Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Commentary, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 5 Issue: 3

Bipolar and a PhD Student? Two Years and Two Different Perspectives

Ren Vander Lind*
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University, USA
Corresponding author : Ren Vander Lind
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University, 900 Peques St. Apt. 3402, San Marcos, TX, USA
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Received: May 25, 2016 Accepted: June 13, 2016 Published: June 18, 2016
Citation: VanderLind R (2016) Bipolar and a PhD Student? Two Years and Two Different Perspectives. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 5:3. doi: 10.4172/2324-8947.1000159

Abstract

This auto ethnography of being a female academic with bipolar disorder emerged from an interview about personal experiences during the first year of a doctoral program and a personal paper written about a social justice issue. This article first delves into the driving forces behind my struggles and successes during my first year as a doctoral student. Secondly, it addresses the new voice I found during my second year as a PhD student. Finally, I discuss how these voices interact, converging and diverging as a third voice emerges. This is auto ethnography of what having bipolar disorder can mean to a newly-diagnosed individual. It is an article of struggle, triumph, and many emotions in between.

Keywords: Bipolar disorder; Identity; Higher education; Perfectionism; Doctoral studies

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