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The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s well-being series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat. Being candid about her life as a trans woman has helped makeup artist, model and content creator Nikita Dragun build both a massive fanbase — she's got 14.35 million followers on TikTok alone — and her own beauty brand. Last month, the Dragun Beauty founder shared one particularly vulnerable confession in an emotional YouTube video: She's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which the National Institute of Mental Health describes as being characterized by "unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks." "I've always looked at social media as my diary," Dragun tells Yahoo Life's The Unwind. "And I think out of anything I've ever talked about — I've talked about surgeries, my transition, getting kicked out of clubs, being in my L.A. lifestyle — my journey in terms of mental health has been one of the hardest struggles I've ever had to share. But also I think it's something that is really real and something that a lot of people are facing." Watch the video above to hear her story.