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She said she was really nervous about sharing details of her mental illness, but it's something she's willing to do to eliminate the stigma that often surrounds it.


Jacci Magnuson, 41, of Alexandria has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and major depression.

In her experience, she said, "Once people know you have mental illness, they shy away from you or think you're going to flip out or something."

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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