Aparna Piramal Raje’s life looks successful. Hailing from a well-known business family, she is married, has two children, is a published author, a popular columnist with a leading daily and was the CEO of a leading furniture company. However, only a few close friends and family. members were aware that she struggled with a serious mental illness – bipolar disorder for two decades.

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Also known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme shifts in moods and energy levels, leading to euphoric highs and damaging lows. Some said children were out of the question; well here she is, the mother of two boys. Some said she couldn’t handle business life; well, here she’s interviewed over 100 CEOs and counting. Some said she wouldn’t be able to write a book on mental health; well, here she is, available wherever books are sold.

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