I’m a 42 year old woman and have been diagnosed many times in my life with my most recent diagnosis of Bipolar and Schizophrenia. In my twenties I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder and struggled for over 5 years to come to grips with my illness. I began to get better at age 25 and had began working and living on my own for the first time in my life since my illness began at age 20 years old.
At age 28 I was in an auto accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. Life after this was anything but normal, I began to suffer from delusions and hallucinations. In fear of losing my independence I never told anyone what I was going through. Until one day when I decided to tell a doctor who told me what I was experiencing was normal after the type of injury I had.
Almost 15 years later at age 42 my mind could no longer handle the constant delusions, hallucinations and the voices inside my head. I lost touch with reality completely and tried jumping in a lake because I thought the police were chasing me. I was then admitted to a psych unit and was told I had a mixed diagnoses of bipolar and schizophrenia. I was very surprised and upset.
As of today I take medications and see a therapist and psychiatrist. I can only hope that I’m able to maintain my job and independence. With the help of NAMI Connections group and other members of NAMI and the support of my dear mother I remain hopeful that I will someday get better from my illness.
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