Hi, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007, but I had experienced mood swings since I was a teen. the doctors diagnosed me with many mental illnesses like anxiety disorders, then when I had my early 20’s the doctor diagnosed me with major depression. None of these specialists noted my manic episodes.
In 2007 I visited one of the most recognized doctors and specialists in bipolar disorder, who “saw” my manic side - spending money unnecessarily, hallucinations and many other manic behaviors - and with difficulty I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
At first it was hard to accept because my mother had the same mental illness. During that time I had a lot of traumatic experiences, because I lost my job in 2009, and then was very hard for me to live on the money that I received from unemployment.
But in September of 2010 I decided to visit a church. now two years later I knew it was the best thing I did, because I joined many support groups that help me to understand and accept my condition. Working with my spiritual side help me to understand my mental illness and be prepared to live my life as better as I can, changing my life point of view for God’s life point of view.
Today I have my symptoms, they are here, but I manage them differently and it helps me to heal my traumas. This decision changed my life, now I’m going to graduate on December 2012 as a Minister, to help other people with mental illness deal with their condition and heal their traumas too.