This truly made me think and the post is moving, real and the support in the comments also made me think.
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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