"Mood disorders are terribly painful illnesses, and they are isolating illnesses. And they make people feel terrible about themselves when, in fact, they can be treated. The suicide rate is high in adolescents with bipolar illness. These are serious illnesses; they kill just as cancer does. They lead to alcohol and drug abuse in many people. They’re devastating, and they’re treatable."
-Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins (via The Atlantic)
Photo: A still shot from the film Girl, Interrupted