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First Person: Singing About Mental Illness

San Diego musician Veronica May in an undated photo.

Credit: Ana Beccera

Above: San Diego musician Veronica May in an undated photo.

First Person: Singing About Mental Illness


Veronica May, musician


Musician Veronica May has been in several San Diego bands, but her latest album, Awakened, is her first solo record. Her newest songs are more intimate than her past work, focusing on her experiences with bipolar disorder.

May was diagnosed in 2008 and has had three manic episodes. But it took time before she wrote about her mania and depression in her songs. She found an outlet online, with her Bipolar Biweekly Blog.

"After each episode, I wouldn’t think about it," May said. "So I started to write about. I just wanted to share my stories."

As part of our ongoing First Person series, May shares how her illness inspires her music.

Special Feature First Person

KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

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