did not know what to do. Those around me thought I was just being a teenager. I felt different.
3)What would you tell your younger self knowing what you know now about
“everybody is a little bipolar”. Only a small portion of the world suffers
from bipolar disorder. It is a real diagnosable illness that has serious r
epercussions if left untreated.
extremely important to my overall treatment plan.
You need to find daily activities that contribute to your overall well being.
4)What do you think are the biggest misconceptions those with mental
illness have to face?
behavior of those with mental illness. Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they are violent. In fact, i have read and have seen various articles explaining that the vast majority of those suffering from a mental illness do not have a violent bone in their body.
Psychiatric Association in 2016, states that those with mental illness represent
only 1% of all gun homicides each year
With the proper treatment and support, they can function like anybody else.
5)How do you feel about the stigma surrounding mental illness?
Do you feel we’ve taken positive steps? In your opinion, what needs to be
done in the future?
really spoke about bipolar disorder. It had recently changed from manic depression to bipolar disorder.
that were talking about it, but nothing like today.
disclosed they are dealing with bipolar disorder.
illnesses out there.
I do not think people in general know enough about mental illness. Yes, they have
hopefully heard the different diagnoses, but let us educate them further!
6)What do you do to get through the bad days?
eliminated stressors that could potentially make me worse.
Writing helps to keep me focused, so I did a little of that. I also
watched some movies and relaxed in bed.
5 and 15 minute time blocks. When I would get through a block of time,
I would look at the next block and tell myself, “I can get through this”.
7)Do you have any projects that you’re working on that could benefit the
mental health community?
My goal is to empower those who have it so they can lead a life they deserve.
One of the topics will be mental health.
My goal with this blog is to impact those without a mental illness,
so they can see what bipolar disorder is all about. Also, how it affects my lifestyle.
someone wants to get a hold of you.