Marnie’s Mental Health Management Masterclass

Marnie works at Expedia helping teams tell stories, which she describes as her dream job.  Like me, Marnie lives with undiagnosed bipolar. She went through two marriages and divorces before an offhand comment in an acting class nudged her to explore her mental state.

In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Marnie shares the comment made by her acting teacher that lead to her bipolar diagnosis.  We role play how a manager or HR professional should handle a conversation with an employee with mental illness. Marnie explains her thorough, structured way for identifying medication side effects.  And in addition to that, she reflects on the positive and negative ways the mania part of her bipolar has affected her career.

Please note, due to an equipment problem there are occasional audio dropouts in this episode. Typically the dropout causes a missing word or part of a word.


  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield (book)
  • Expedia, Marnie’s employer (company)

Getting Support

Remember, the people you hear on Silent Superheroes are people talking about their personal experience living with, and managing, mental illness. For that reason, please consult with your care provider before making a change to your treatment approach.

It’s important to take your mental health seriously. Consequently, if you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit

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