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Art: Painting

Artist: Patricia Smith, Tampa, FL • 1st Place Winner in the 2007 DBSA Facing Us Art Contest, Facing Bipolar Disorder

Art: Mixed Media

Artist: Leslie Wilson, Nashville, TN • Grand Prize Winner in the 2007 DBSA Facing Us Art Contest

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Tip "Aim for a B-minus"

I once read this tip in a book about perfectionism and have applied it many times with good results. Perfectionism can keep me paralyzed with performance anxiety. If I allow myself to do something to a "good enough" (B-) but not "perfect" (A+) standard, that alone can get me unstuck. And once unstuck, the end product is usually and paradoxically very good, perhaps even excellent.

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