Mental Health Treatment Can Save Lives, But The Right Diagnosis Can Take Years

Through His Eyes: Using words and images, Nic Newling, 30, takes us inside untreated bipolar disorder.

Animation by Isabella Carapella/Photography by Damon Dahlen

1,277 days. That’s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help.

Newling was born and raised in Sydney. He first began to notice something was


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