Jane is a survivor of severe bipolar disorder and now shares her experience with hundreds of people around the world.
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Jane Alexander: On my 32nd birthday, I took one of those online depression tests or bipolar tests like, how are you feeling and I took it as honestly as possible and I top hit enter and got the results and it said, you must be one of the most happiest people on the planet. And I just laughed, because for most in my life that had not really been the case. Rebekah Fox: In the online world she is known as SFJane. Jane Alexander: Laser like focus. Rebekah Fox: But when you meet her in person she is simply Jane, who lives in San Francisco, a woman who survived and thrived after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 14. Jane Alexander: I had very significant bipolar. I had bipolar with psychotic features and suicide. So that's pretty significant to spend 20 years of life, wishing you would die. Rebekah Fox: She says those thoughts are long gone. Thanks to her decision several years ago to focus on self healing. Jane's therapy involved introspective thinking, meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jane Alexander: Introspective thinking leads to meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy. You are your own therapist and you create a relationship with yourself, an inner agreement that you want to be well and you are going to going in, you are going to root through your closet, through the skeletons in your closet, through your internal world. And you are going to ask yourself some hard questions about how, what you can't, do it yourself. Your attractions and eversions that triggers in your life. The things that are important to you and in order to get honest answers about how you feel, you can't lie to yourself. Rebekah Fox: Jane says 5 years of focussing on getting well change to a fundamentally she eventually started blogging about her own experience and there on the internet she realized so many more people need help. Jane Alexander: I don't see one hopeful video that isn't either well I'm more or less managing my job and you know I have stop losing relationships because of my therapist and use pretty much drugs and therapy what people were people was just roughing it. Rebekah Fox: The realization prompt to Jane to start logging about what worked for her in her recovery. Jane Alexander: Well you know my very first videos mainly if you are very vulnerable and very exposed and I was not sure what people were going to say about a frank discussion of mental illness but results have been overwhelmingly positive. Rebekah Fox: So positive just 10 months after her first video went up Jane has viewers in all parts of the world and averages one new subscribers a day, she is currently working on two books one about her life and experiences and another about meditation techniques, you can also see her here on Icyou.com she is one of the sites first loggers. Jane Alexander: And as soon as some one tells me I love your videos keep up the good work or your videos help me or I love watching your videos or I can relate to your videos or they inspired me in some way I feel like I am doing a good thing and it makes me want to do it some more. Rebekah Fox: In San Francisco for Icyou.com I'm Rebekah Fox.
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