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Mara McWilliams
Mara McWilliams

Featured Poem: Label Me This....Biotch

Welcome to the home of Recovery Through Art by artist Mara McWilliams. If you or someone you love suffers from bipolar disorder or any other mental illness, you may find Mara's work to be specially poignant for you. Mara is in active recovery from bipolar disorder and openly shares her journey. Her ultimate goal is to educate our society that through proper diagnosis, treatment, therapy, love, support, and understanding, recovery is possible. As with any other illness, education is key.

Mara's two main outlets for artistic expression are through painting and poetry. Mara was introduced to the benefits of art therapy in the late 90's and has found the rewards of creative expression to be beyond her wildest expectations. The freedom and release she finds in painting has been nearly as beneficial to her recovery as therapy.

If you are bipolar and newly diagnosed, please, take a deep breath and be KIND to yourself. Accepting one has a mental illness is a process, but please remember that there are countless others also diagnosed who will support your travels toward recovery.

If you are a family member or a friend of a bipolar individual, I strongly suggest joining a support group and educating yourself as much as possible about the illness, treatments, and medications.

Please visit my links page to find more bipolar resources. Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you enjoy your visit!


Just moved into my new home studio!
Wednesday March 9th, 2011 12:56 PM
Very excited!! Just moved into my new home studio and I can't wait to start creating new work for you all!

Look at my daughter's new piece of art!
Sunday November 15th, 2009 01:03 PM
Take a peek at my daughter's new photograph "Dancer" under the Kiddo Art section.

Join the fight for marriage equality.
Tuesday July 7th, 2009 08:39 AM
Thank you all for your outpouring of love and support! I'd like to invite you all to join a very upstanding non-profit organization that is working to legalize same-sex marriage. Please check them out at

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Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic...?"

- Aristotle

If you are bipolar what type of treatment plan do you follow?
Natural remedies, including exercise
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