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🎧 Differently Wired | Bipolar Disorder in Community



What happens when faith and mental health intersect? On this journey, Johan Heinrichs and Wendi Park dive into the complexities of navigating bipolar disorder within a community of faith. Special guest Jadon shares his personal story of living with bipolar disorder type 1, highlighting the critical need for action-oriented support and advocacy. Wendi opens up about her own experiences, exploring the challenges and misconceptions around mental health and faith. Together, they emphasize the importance of destigmatization, seeking professional help, and the church's role in fostering a supportive, caring environment. This conversation blends personal anecdotes, biblical insights, and practical advice, aiming to create a safe and welcoming community for those living with mental health challenges.

Time Stamps

[06:08] Bipolar disorder affects diverse people, often genetically.

[07:58] God protected me, fueled my thirst for knowledge.

[12:44] Friend shows resilience despite possible depressive struggle.

[15:49] Bipolar diagnosis often misunderstood; proper recognition lacking.

[20:06] Challenging acceptance of chronic illness, seeking support.

[21:31] Support system helps navigate mental health challenges.

[24:26] Studying electrical engineering deepens worship through God.

[29:18] Advocate for yourself in the health system.

[33:34] Church supports mental health, encourage seeking help.

Episode Links

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