Candis McDow

Candis McDow

Author. Writer. Poet.

Expertise

Mental Health, Mental Illness

Education

University of West Georgia

Highlights

When the words choose you, it's a forever thing

— Candis McDow

Experience

Candis McDow was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in August of 2014. Since accepting and educating herself, she has been on a mission to inform and bring awareness through articles and her memoir Half the Battle (available via Amazon and candisymcdow.com).

Having lived experience, Candis knows firsthand how big of a burden and struggle it is to operate with a mental illness; however, she has chosen to take a route of perseverance and be a voice of hope and light to peers and those affected by mental health conditions.

Candis is a certified "hope dealer" powered through the Respect Institue of Georgia; she frequently does speaking engagements sharing her story of recovery. She has written several articles pertaining to the importance of managing your mental health and self-care.

Candis has a BS in Mass Communications and minored in Creative Writing. She has been published with Chicken Soup for the Soul, Z Publishing House, 6Twelve Magazine, PopSugar. Healthline, Cool Accidents (Australia), Popular Science Magazine, TheBody, Your Teen Magazine, Ourselves Black, Adweek, Rewire, NY Gal, Business Insider, Modern Brown Girl, Sheen Magazine, Healthy Women, Mental Floss, Public Goods, Reviewed, Carefree, Mashable, Medium, Cafe Mom, America Hates Us, Get Me Giddy, Daddy (Germany). 

Education

Candis received her bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of West Georgia.

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