The stigma of mental illness is so pervasive that it paralyzes those who have the ability to speak about it. I have been battling with my Bipolar Disorder for over five years. I was diagnosed at 21 years old but have been nervous to speak about it. This is short testimony is for anyone out there searching for light while consumed by this darkness.

I attended one of the most prestigious law schools while depressed, had back to back manic episodes, and had to take a leave of absence. However, despite this I graduated, and with consistent treatment I am better off now than I have ever been in my entire life.

Just because you have been diagnosed with a mental illness does NOT mean that all of your previous dreams cannot come true. Bipolar disorder is a treatable disease and is very manageable.

I want those suffering out there to keep fighting because like William Ernest Henley says in his infamous poem Invictus, “No matter how strait the gate, no matter how charged the punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul!”

Bipolar Disorder or any other mental disorders does NOT, nor will it ever define those who suffer from it. Please let my triumph over an elite law school serve as evidence that just because a mental disorder shakes your world doesn’t mean it breaks you.

Through treatment, medication, and holistic wellness you can take back control of your life too!!!

2 responses to “Jamahdi”

  1. Joanne says:

    You are Jamahdi, Not A mental illness.
    You are defined by wellness and not a
    Label. These are only labels society
    Uses. Society sees behaviors, but
    Must see inside the soul. For it is in
    Side the soul that a human being feels
    Love and peace. Don’t label me.

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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