Surviving with a Mental Illness | Eric Walton | TEDxBoise

Let's Talk About Mental Illness

The life of Eric Walton … mental illness and fear until the age of thirteen. Now, three years after diagnosis and treatment, Eric talks about what it is to have bipolar disorder, what it is to grow up surrounded by fear and stigma, and what each person can do to help fix the issues surrounding mental illness. He helps us understand, from the inside, his journey from fear to strength.

Eric Walton is a sixteen-year-old student at Sage International School of Boise. He enjoys reading books, writing books, watching television, playing games and spending time with his friends. He values honesty, compassion and joyfulness. He also has Bipolar Disorder, a neurological condition that, when untreated, causes him to go from mania to depression rather quickly. When treated, he’s like any other normal teenager—other than what he calls his “incredibly nerdy tendencies.” He’s a major fan of Star Trek, Dr. Who, Star Wars—you get the picture. His favorite books include Dune, Lord of the Rings, Ender’s Game, and of course his own.

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3 thoughts on “Surviving with a Mental Illness | Eric Walton | TEDxBoise

  1. Great story. Love the outcome, and hoping it gets better as life goes on for him. One thing though, is it just me, or does he speak like Michael Scofield from “Prison Break?” Thought his speech pattern was very interesting.

  2. These drug addicts are so high that being clean and drug-free around their proximity or awareness causes schizophrenia and mild telepathy. Beware! Sometimes a psychopath will become obsessive about using with a victim in mind in order to bully them and destroy them without actually touching them. This can lead to crime in the crime-free and even cause shooting victims and retaliation. Sometimes they’ll bully their victim right in the Hollywood media….

  3. Drink 8 cups of water per day to be healed of ANYTHING including mental illness. Taper off your medicine slowly. Jesus loves you!!!

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