Mental illness affects about 1 in 4 adults in America...
Yet it is still an issue few discuss openly. It's certainly not common dinner table conversation material.
With about 60 million Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, why is it so hard to talk about?
Maybe it's because most mental illnesses seem invisible, only manifesting in our behaviors and thoughts.
One author aims to reduce the stigma around mental illness
In "The End", we enter the mind of a character suffering from the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.
Contrary to public opinion, bipolar disorder is not rare. It affects about 2.6% of Americans every year.
Nichole Hallberg has been secretly writing about her battle with mental illness for most of her life. And since she went public about it, she has used her writing as a tool to decrease the stigma around the common problem in America. One story at a time, it is working.
Nichole Hallberg has published her work on TheMighty.com and on an international Bipolar website. She lives in Southern California with her fiancee and dog. She blogs at thatgirlinbklyn.wordpress.com. And you can follow her on Twitter @nickel_press