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I am 25 and am in a non-terminal Masters/PhD program in Neuroscience. In this past year, my second year, I have had to take off last semester and this semester due to a severe episode of what I now know is bipolar disorder, that left me incapacitated until recently (severe depression/suicidal thoughts, anxiety, visual and auditory hallucinations, disordered thinking). My advisors have been wonderful--they suggested that I take a leave of absence for this full year, but to continue doing research in the laboratory as I recover and learn coping strategies. Is there anybody here who is dealing with/had to deal with bipolar disorder in graduate school? What helps you most to alleviate stress/control any symptoms that flare up? What makes your life easier?

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