How College Students Are Resisting the Mental-Illness Stigma

"Kelly Davis arrived at college carrying heavy baggage—bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. Dragged down by severe depression, she barely made it through her first two years at American University in Washington, D.C. 'I didn’t go to classes a lot. I didn’t get out of bed,' recalls Davis, now 22. 'After freshman year, I got into an abusive relationship. I was drinking heavily, frequently.' When she felt hopeless, she would tell herself that she would one day be better and try to prevent what happened to her from happening to others."

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