I never fully understood the topic of mental illness, what it meant, and how it affected everyone around us except for what stigmas told the public through social media. Us as people who have been diagnosed need to come to terms with the fact that the people will never fully understand, but that we are so strong for what we go through because it is a strong but invisible illness.
My name is Kimberly and I was diagnosed with bipolar II and depression when I was 18 years old. I had always felt that I was not like everyone else around me, partly because I grew up differently, living the life of a an elite gymnast, but also because I always had built up aggression inside of me, many times with no cause. It was hard because I was finally diagnosed in college, where i was trying out different medications for me to find the right ones while trying to focus on my school work where I major in Psychology and minor in German and Health and wellness. It got to a point where it was affecting me so poorly that I had to take a semester off from school to get outside help in a closer location to my hometown. The outside help has done wonders for me including finding the right combination of medication, lessons on self worth, as well as group support where you can meet people who have success stories who struggle with the same thing.
For a while I was wondering why me? Why cant anyone understand why I am the way I am? Why I can become extremely emotional and why its not me being “immature.” It takes a while, but when you can 100% come to terms with your self, it feels like the biggest accomplishment of your life. Remember, you are not alone, and we all fight these struggles every single day.