Traci was first diagnosed with “manic depression” in 1977 when she was 14 years old. She has struggled with eating disorders, serious anxiety, major depression and mixed-state bipolar illness. While she would not say her mental illness is the sum total of her identity, it has certainly been a defining feature of her life and has had a significant impact on the lives of her family members.
Traci Barr turned 53 in May. She currently lives in Greenville, but was born and (mostly) raised in New Jersey. She has also lived in: New England, Philadelphia, Hoboken, New York City, Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland, with an almost-25-year career in publishing, advertising and marketing. However, from about the age of 5, she been a very passionate cook.
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