Jenifer's passion for acting helped her cope with bipolar disorder.

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A passion for acting also helped Jenifer cope with bipolar disorder. "I had a dream and nothing, not even my disorder, was going to kill that," she says. "And I say to kids, 'You get a passion. You find a passion because no matter what happens, you'll go back to that.'"

Jenifer has even written a show called Bipolar, Bath and Beyond. "It's through my one-woman shows that I do my part through humor, laughter being the greatest healer," she says. "My technique has always been to make 'em laugh and then stick 'em with that knowledge."

With three movies coming out, Jenifer's professional life is booming. But it's the personal milestones that mean the most—she's adopted a little girl! "You can live a good life with this disorder," she says. "But you have to do the work—therapy plus medication."
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Published on September 24, 2007

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