I’ve been living with mental illness since I was a young girl, and although I’ve been in therapy since I was thirteen, it has taken years to correctly diagnose me with Bipolar and Schizoaffective Disorder. I’ve struggled a long time in this fight, but refuse to give up. I have a wonderful, supportive husband, and two beautiful children that keep me going. I’ve also been through the stigma that surrounds what I have, including people who had said that it’s all in my head or tried to tell me that I need to have self worth. In truth, they have only made me feel worse about myself then. I’ve been in the hospital twice, and battled self injury as well. It’s been a long, hard struggle, but I have sworn to myself that I will make it, so I keep up with taking care of my family and have taken up writing novels as a coping method.
For now, I have been sharing articles and wonderful places like BC2M to let people and know understand how mental illness is just that, an illness. No one should judge someone who’s struggling with it or to overcome it. In fact, they should support them just as much as they’d support someone with any other illness. Those of us who suffer from this will never give up, and never stop hoping for a day when it can be defeated for good.