By 2013 my life was in shambles. I had self-destructed every single aspect of my life. Failed college attempt after failed college attempt had racked up thousands of dollars in student loan debt which I had no way of paying back. I began to lose who I was. There were days that I woke up and couldn’t remember who I was. I became the mental illness because it was so prevalent in my life that I believed it was who I was.
As I found myself in yet another job debacle; the question screamed in my mind, “God, what is wrong with me?” I lost my cool again. I was told that my actions were inappropriate and bizarre.
I learned who my true support group was: my friends and family. It’s okay to seek help, raise your hand, ask for guidance. You are not alone. Never once think that you are not worthy or that the world would be a better place without, because it would not be.
You can have a full-time job and a fulfilling life despite your depression. Specific lifestyle habits, effective therapy and medical care can help you to recover and continue working efficiently. Nothing is impossible for those who have found the strength to accept and challenge their depression.
By Amy Willer | Apr. 17, 2017 A first experience with psychosis can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting or feel just plain ordinary. Sometimes it can seem ordinary because it was your reality for a while. Your senses and brain colluded to fabricate something that wasn’t actually there. It certainly felt real, though. For example, … Continue reading Personal Story: Responding to Bipolar Psychotic Symptoms
The summer going into my junior year of high school, I started to feel different. I had no ambition to do a lot of things anymore, didn’t care about anything, the list goes on. That October, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I started seeing a therapist and going on medications to help make me feel better. Well, they weren’t working and my depression and anxiety got worse. A month or two after being diagnosed, the thoughts came. I had a plan to end my life.
02.24.15 All around the blogosphere, people have been coming out with their personal stories of going through mental illnesses. I always felt like it was my duty to do the same. If I have an opportunity to help others by sharing my experiences, wouldn’t it be selfish not to? Since I made a full recovery, … Continue reading Personal Story: My Battle with Mental Illness
I always hear how people think anxiety isn’t real. How it’s just “in someone’s head” and not real. People look at you weird when they find out you suffer from anxiety. They don’t understand the daily struggle. They just don’t know and if only they did…
Living with a mental health condition can have major setbacks, especially in relationships. These relationships can include friendships, family and romantic relationships. For me, the most devastating has been my romantic relationship with a truly amazing man. I am still with this amazing man but things aren’t quite what they used to be. As a matter of fact, things are nothing like they used to be. The reason? The manifestation of bipolar II inside of my brain.
01.19.17 Personal Stories is a continuing series written by people who have had direct experience living and coping with mental health conditions. Stories are often presented anonymously. The hospital’s behavioral health ward discharged me around 5PM on a Wednesday. A curt nurse walked me down to the lobby to meet the cab they’d called for … Continue reading Personal Story: Good Luck