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“Mental health conditions can be scary and intimidating, but I choose to believe that they just mean that we’re able to see the world in more beautiful more vibrant colors and getting treatment is a way to learn how to paint with those colors.”

AJ Mendez has bipolar disorder.

AJ is the New York Times Bestselling author of Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules. She is a mental health advocate and animal rights activist. Currently she serves as an ambassador for NAMI, The JED Foundation, The ASPCA, and Girls Make Games. As a former professional wrestler with the WWE under the ring name AJ Lee, she has won three championships and numerous awards, as well as inspired a generation of young girls to wear sensible shoes.

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