From the September 2010 magazine.

A MATTER OF CHEMISTRY

I have 28 years of sobriety and I was diagnosed with manic depression in 1991. Because of my illness, I hurt a lot of people--especially my family. I have two children and one grandchild. For the past couple of years, I've struggled a lot with my mental illness.

I have spoken to recovering alcoholics about my struggles. I need to say something about my discussion with them.

-- BETTY S.

West Bend, Wis.

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