Laura’s post is so powerful and through her words I found a kindred spirit, one who could understand exactly how I feel.
Laura P. Schulman, MD, MA, FAAP. What do these letters mean, of themselves, and what do they mean to me? Why do I use them, here on Bipolar For Life? What, if anything, do they have to do with bipolar-ness? And most importantly, why do I insist upon using them when the professional qualifications they symbolize are now meaningless?
MD: Medical Doctor. A passion since childhood, hard-won. I put myself through college (oh yes, another set of letters: BA, Bachelor of Arts) by holding down three jobs while taking a full course load. I know, I know, hypomania. But it was fun, and I would have graduated with honors except that the required Honors Seminar conflicted with one of my jobs. Oh well.
The MD turned into a combined degree program in Medicine and Medical Anthropology, six years. Graduated with a perfect grade point average, 5.0. Number One in my…
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