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Bipolar - Undiagnosed for 9 years

Bipolar - Undiagnosed for 9 years 

NB: During the welcome to this episode of The Different Stories Podcast and during the conversation itself, you will hear it referred to as The Other Stories Podcast.

That was the original name of the podcast until we were requested to change it in November 2023, due to the presence of another podcast of the same name, of a completely different genre.

The podcast is now known as The Different Stories Podcast across all platforms.


After 3 rounds of the manic highs and debilitating, and suicidal lows, Mike Segall eventually got referred for psychiatric assessment leading to a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder 1. In this episode he talks about those times and also of what it’s like for him now to live with the side effects of his medication, the hereditary nature of the condition and how best to support someone living with this condition. Mike Segall is a serial entrepreneur. He has founded 14 companies in his business lifetime and currently runs Money Collectors a full-service debt collection agency. He was diagnosed with BiPolar Effective Disorder 1 in 2000 after nine years being undiagnosed during which period he had three manic episodes and three highly depressive and eventually suicidal depression. He is a good example of someone who can survive and thrive. He is a professional speaker on mental health and a trustee of three charities. Mike lives in London and has two daughters and a granddaughter.


About the host Rachel Maunder

Rachel Maunder is a Story Coach, helping people find and craft their personal stories for greater engagement through speaking. Her secret sauce includes a blend of an ability to spot the key parts of a story and to highlight those in a relatable way. With a lifelong curiosity around what makes people different Rachel is an advocate and ally of acceptance and inclusion. Combine that with her gentle way of drawing people’s stories out of them and you’ll start to see Rachel’s motivation behind creating The Different Stories Podcast. Rachel coaches individuals and runs bespoke workshops for organisations.

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DISCLAIMER: Any views, thoughts and opinions shared and expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please carry out your own due diligence.



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