I was diagnosed with Bipolar I when I was 22 years old. I was in law school. I felt like my world fell apart. I had always relied on my mind, and now my mind betrayed me. I also felt crushed by the shame I felt because of the stigma behind mental illness. I was pushed into a mental health system that was ill equipped to meet my needs. I was not told that recovery was possible. I was not taught how to deal with my symptoms.
I began to learn what made a ‘bad day’ turn into a ‘good day’. I began to live a life of wellness. I began doing the things that helped me to stay well. I found the path to get my life back.
I now work as a Peer Support Specialist. I get to spread the message of recovery every day. I get to work to change the mental health system from the inside, with my voice as a mental health consumer.
We can change the system. We can fight stigma and prejudice. We can and do recover. We are your family, neighbors, and friends. We are you. You are not alone and recovery is possible.
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When you become a member of NAMI, you become part of America's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness. And now you can join online