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Manic and depression

by Hao Wu

Beijing

Du Jin (25) has two states of mind.

 

They differ so much that they are like two different people. The guy who feels he can do it all, and he who wants to end it all. The guy who can do it all stays awake all night wandering the streets. Sometimes he starts excessive drinking and visits prostitutes.

 

He is Manic.

 

Then, there is the other guy, who cut his wrists three times last year. The guy who hides in his room, with curtains drawn, who sleeps through the whole day.

 

He is Depression.

 

Du Jin was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder in 2012. He has been hospitalized several times, his family is his only support. This makes him feel guilty, not being able to keep a job or take care of himself.

Mental health is still subject to great stigma in China.

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