I’ve been aware of my ongoing issues with anxiety, mood swings, and ADHD since I was about 16. Throughout my years of working with my psychiatrist, I’ve become aware of my chronic anxiety disorder and depression. In May of 2014, I was diagnosed withh bipolar disorder type 2. I continue to see my psychiatrist to this day, and I’m now actively working with a therapist. One day at a time…
Everyday I try to understand more and more. Sometimes I find inspiration from a book, talking with a friend or just browsing through quotations on the web, therapy sessions, support groups, 12 step meetings, medication management, knowledge/understanding, and self-help is crucial for controlling my mental illness and living a successful, stable life. This is going to be a long journey, but I have hope that it will be well worth it.
No, my life is not always easy, in fact it can be quite hard at times because of my disorder, but it’s manageable. My disorder is not me. It’s just a piece of who I am. We can’t give up on ourselves! This life of ours is like no other, but in the end I will be able to take on whatever life may throw at me, good or bad.
One of the things so bad about depression and bipolar disorder is that if you don’t have prior awareness, you don’t have any idea what hit you. If you know people who are suicidal, or if you know people who are bipolar, depressed, have panic attack disorder, just be there for them. They’re going through something that’s very, very hard.
“It is an illness that ensures that those who have it will experience a frightening, chaotic and emotional ride. It is not a gentle or easy disease. Luckily, with proper treatment, medication and therapy, it is manageable. I’m still able to live a happy and successful life.”