Being Friends With the Monster, Stolar

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Musician and songwriter Stolar says that from a young age, he always had heightened emotions — what he calls ‘emotional superpowers’. But by the time he was studying at NYU, those feelings were running out of control. He has been diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. With bipolar in the family, his relatives were able to talk about mental health. Talking, he says, is the first step. Following the advice of an artist friend to ‘build yourself a cage so you can run wild’, Stolar is learning to harness the power of his feelings to fuel his creativity.

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