So, you have a Mental Illness?…Which One?
I have bipolar disorder, i was diagnosed when i was 18 after 2 years on anti-depressants and lots of blood, sweat and tears later. I had finished high school and when my parents realized it wasn’t ‘just the stress from school’ decided to listen to me. It was a battle to say the least, various doctors and visits to rehabs with creepy psychiatrists that with one look could make your skin crawl.
How do you cope/relax from your mental illness?
Coping and relaxing are in no way easy, but I’ve found that i’m best when i have a routine and keep busy. Boxing has proven to be the favorite form of therapy!!!
What are 3 words that you would describe how your illness makes you feel?
Three words that being bipolar makes me feel would be empty, frustrated and alone.
If you could talk to world leaders about mental illness, what would be the one thing you discuss?
If i was to talk to world leaders about mental illness, it would be on education- or rather the failings of it. That’s where the stigma and fear begins. Children are never educated on their feelings, therefore we need to implement forms of education that recognition, accept and most importantly don’t desensitize a generation because of the way knowledge is presented.
What is some advice you would give someone who is fighting mental illness?
To people with mental illnesses, there is always hope even if it comes from something small, hope is always there. Surround yourself with people who don’t make you feel invalid and will pick up a call from you in tears at 3am.
How can we keep in touch with you? (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
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