On today’s episode of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with Samantha Karraa. Samantha is a youth pastor in El Salvador. Brad and Samantha talk about her struggle with bipolar disorder and not knowing why she would flip on a switch,get angry with her heart racing, and feel as though it was going to pop out of her chest. She went to the doctor and had tons of tests done and checked out ok. It was tell she visited a psychiatrist that she was diagnosed with Bipolar. She was worried that she would be labeled and stigmatized because of her mental health diagnosis when she heard God spirit tell her to turn her mess into a message.
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