Kitt O'Malley

Patient Leader

Kitt O’Malley is an author, licensed therapist, and mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder. Both her personal experience and clinical background inform her writing and enable her both to help herself and guide people towards mental health recovery. She has a bachelor’s in legal studies from UC Berkeley, a master’s in psychology from New College of California, and has attended seminary. O’Malley’s writing has been featured online with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California and the Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA). Visit for more information. <i>Balancing Act - Writing Through a Bipolar Life</i> offers hope to those living with mental illness and their loved ones. As a therapist who left her career due to mental illness, O’Malley educates the public about mental health and fights stigma against those living with mental illness by challenging stereotypes. O’Malley’s writing recounts her struggle with bipolar disorder, the two decades it took to receive a proper diagnosis, and how her journey gave her purpose. O’Malley balances living with bipolar disorder with her work as a mental health advocate and caretaker of her son and parents.


Mission Viejo, CA


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Kitt is an incredible volunteer for Mental Health America, advocating for those who have been hospitalized for mental illness. Kitt is an extraordinary role model as she is living a balanced, full life and has bipolar disorder. Kitt finds joy in sharing her compassion, diverse knowledge base and dedication through her advocacy work!  — Dyane

Kitt O'Malley

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