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95: Thriving as a Bipolar College Student | Luke Gilligan

95: Thriving as a Bipolar College Student | Luke Gilligan

add/adhd behavior bipolar health Feb 22, 2022

Luke Gilligan was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder in his first year of college. He candidly talks about approaching his parents for help, finding the right medication, and managing his diagnosis on a daily basis.


  • "Getting the diagnosis didn't change anything except for giving me more empowerment and understanding to deal with it properly." - Emily Melious
  • "All progress starts by telling the truth and the truth can be scary, or we can think that it's scary, but we can't really make progress with something until we really know what that truth is." - Emily Melious
  • "As a child, I felt bad. I felt guilty that like, my parents gave me this great house, this like amazing life that a lot of kids don't have. And I still am like depressed and I have no reason to be. And so I was like, I don't want to tell them that because I feel bad about that, but I opened up and that was probably the best thing that ever happened." - Luke Gilligan


  • 02:06 - Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

  • 03:59 - Knowing when there's something more than ADHD

  • 08:17 - How to start a conversation

  • 12:24 - The difference between bipolar one and bipolar two

  • 16:25 - Tips for managing bipolar disorder






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