I was diagnosed for depression at 8 so I understood how intense my moods could be for most of my childhood. Oftentimes, I was introspective and felt socially isolated because I didn’t want people to treat me differently. I was an academically advanced student all through school.
However, after getting a Masters, I began to realize that I was underdeveloped in social situations, specifically in dating relationships and handling finances. As a result, I was taken advantage of by toxic men.
Recently, I’ve been fully diagnosed as having bipolar disorder which gives me insight but I’m still a loner.
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