This week is Alex from www.savingmommyblog.wordpress.com . Her blog is really helpful for people whom have a mental illness with kids. This is a great account of her life.
So you have a mental illness.. Which one?
Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, depressive disorder, and general anxiety; though my treatment only deals with PTSD and easing anxiety symptoms.
When were you diagnosed & how old were you?
I was first diagnosed with BPD when I was 19 after multiple attempts of suicide and two involuntary hospitalizations. Since I didn’t have insurance at the time, I was never treated–until now. After leaving an abusive marriage, my job made me seek treatment. Since January I ‘ve been seeing a therapist, social worker, and psychiatrist.
How do you cope with your mental illness?
Being in nature is essential for me. I love taking nature walks by the beach. It opens my mind and helps me realize that there is life outside of my head–my body.
What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?
Sad, angry, frustrated because it feel beyond my control.
What is some advice you would give to your fellow soldiers fighting this fight?
Get in therapy and don’t quit. Have a support network–family, friends, coworkers you can trust, support groups, and people online that you can relate to. Take care of yourself by finding little things you enjoy doing.
Tell us your blog or how e can keep in contact with you:
I can be reached at Saving Mommy, my personal blog about dealing with mental illness and how it affects my life as a mother. www.savingmommyblog.wordpress.com
If your interested in being featured as a B.U.L.’s(Bipolar, Unemployed & Lost) weekly GUEST BLOGGER, please email the above questions and answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will feature your Q&A! I’d love to hear your experience and motivation to fight this horrible disease. Anonymous Welcomed!