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One year after Carrie Fisher’s death, we share all the reason’s we’re grateful for her.


5 Ways Carrie Fisher Was a Badass Mental Illness Warrior

1. She normalized taking medication for your mental health.

  • Fisher was open about taking medication for her bipolar disorder.
  • “There is treatment and a variety of medications that can alleviate your symptoms if you are manic depressive or depressive.”
  • You can lead a normal life, whatever that is.”

2. She gave great advice — and made us laugh while doing it.

  • “I own it. I’m mentally ill.”
  • “And I think in my mouth so I don’t lie.”
  • @jenmacramos on Twitter: “When I met Carrie Fisher last year, she told me the best advice I had gotten about mental health.”
  • “She told me, ‘You have mental illness, but your mental illness doesn’t have you.'”

3. She reminded people living with bipolar disorder they were champions.

  • “In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls…”
  • “Being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage.”
  • “So if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”

4. Her dog, Gary, is more than just a cute face.

  • Fisher brought Gary with her everywhere, including interviews.
  • She talked about how he provided her with emotional support.
  • “Gary is like my heart.”
  • “Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down.”

5. Even after her death, she was still normalizing mental health.

  • #InHonorOfCarrie inspired people to open up about their own illness.
  • And reminded them there’s nothing to be ashamed about.
  • Also, her family used her giant Prozac pill as an urn.

Thank you, Carrie, for being the badass mental illness warrior you were.


Originally published: December 27, 2017
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