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As She Fought Mental Illness, She Found Love Along The Way

"There was absolutely no hope," Amanda Farell said of her time spent in a state psychiatric ward. Today, she is happily married with a family and works to help others who struggle with mental illness.
Craig and Amanda Farrell in September 2017. Source: Courtesy of the Farrell family

Amanda Farrell struggled with mental illness for much of her adolescence.

When she was 18, she jumped in a lake because a voice in her head told her to. EMTs pulled her out and treated her for hypothermia. She was later placed in a psychiatric ward and

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