Destigmatizing Bipolar Depression | Eric Chase | TEDxToledo

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In 2005 Eric was diagnosed with Bipolar 2, depression, and anxiety; after learning more about his condition, he began to realize how much his dogs helped him cope with symptoms. He knows firsthand about the power of connecting with animals, and is also a huge animal rights advocate. Although he is a Pennsylvania native, after bouncing around for a little while, Eric decided to make Toledo, OH, his home. Opportunities seemingly fall into his lap here and the people are always so warm and open towards him.

He most recently hosted a morning talk radio show called, The Morning Rush on Kiss FM, a top 40 station with no music during his segment; a real gutsy thing, but it worked. Many people listened in and called each morning, and the show became a therapy of sorts for the fans. Eric hopes to take the same light hearted listening ear he gained as a radio host and transfer that into using animal therapy to help people living with mental illness. He is already in process of talking with a local healthcare provider to create such a program. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


normal woman says:

I can relate. (minus the suicide thoughts) He's smart and very animated/manic. I've got depression big time 🙁
But around people I talk fast and funny like him. I hate this fkin illness.
No possible cure. I'm ultridian too. Try dealing w/ that.

Katie Blankenship says:

Thank you so much for this. I just cried listening because no one understands. People just think I'm lazy and that couldn't be further from the truth. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

Lauren M says:

I was on told by my psychiatrist that wellbutrin can actually induce mania in bipolar patients. food for thought.

Kendra Foxxie says:

Saying suicide is selfish is part of the stigma…

Cool C says:

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Angela Wells says:

Eric… you are amazing 🤗 thank you for your courage and love in helping de stigmatise a topic that has been controversial around millions for years… I was diagnosed "bipolar 1 with rapid cycling" 18 years ago and it's not a journey for the faint hearted that's for sure! I loved your talk and hopefully it reaches so many out there who seem at times to judge us and place us in a box of "no return" so to speak… your openness, honesty and tenacity is a true gift and I encourage you to keep up the talks of helping others to understand what it is like to live with a mental illness… you are a precious voice for all of us that feel like we don't have one… much love and good luck xxx

Ashley Smith says:

Great speaker. Great topic. This guy is awesome.

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