I share my sons story because of the stigma surrounding mental illness. Every time someone reads & starts to understand how severe these illnesses are makes every battle worth it.. my son is 8.. diagnosed ADHD ODD SPD GAD & mood disorder NOS. This journey has been nothing short of hell for my entire family. Weve tried numerous medications to find relief only for short periods only to be faced with the demons again and again. After the first hospitalization last october I knew this beast we were fighting was going to take all of our strength to conquer. This battle has been emotionally physically and mentally draining and at no point have I ever in my life felt more overwhelmed lost and hopeless. All we can do as parents is spread awareness and pray one day people will open their eyes ans end the stigma that plagues so many people battling these life long illnesses. Stay strong and remember it cant rain forever..
I’ve been struggling with a mood disorder since the age of 15. It may have been hanging around before then, but 15 is the age that I remember. I experienced two full years of intense emotions and dulled them with marijuana, which was the closest thing to medication I could get at the time. I honestly did not believe that I would live to graduate from high school.
I finally came to accept that I have a mental illness. Having PTSD, Psychosis Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS), Mood Disorder NOS and Borderline Personality disorder is a struggle. It’s hard fighting invisible battles that nobody see’s but you. I’m only 19. The severe mood swings from extremely happy to severely depressed in 2.5 seconds, the flashbacks, the outer body experiences. Why me I never asked to be abused. No matter how many people that surrounds me I always feel alone. Empty like a never ending hole has engulfed my mind. I’ve been battling myself since I was 12, but now that I have accepted it completely… Maybe I can finally be at peace.
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