Around the time of my 40th birthday, I should have been ecstatic. We were living in a home that we had just bought for the first time. Everyone was doing well. Except me.
My husband gave me a weekend away in Montreal for my birthday. I didn’t want to go and hated it.
Later in the month I went to get screened for depression and yep, I was depressed. The screener gave me a list of people I could see and I called the first name on my list. It was the psychiatrist who answered the phone and made an appointment. for the next day. We talked for a long time and decided yes, I was depressed, probably “garden variety” treatable with therapy and medication. Neither of us imagined what the future held.
I go to WPIC of UPMC for my treatment. Over the last 3 years they’ve had a patient contest to design the NAMIWalks T-shirt for the WPIC team. I entered all three years and won the first 2 (they used an employee submission last year). This is my first entry - I wanted to show how bipolar disorder affects people’s families so the little faces around the figures are family members.
Hi my name is Jan,
I have had Bipolar for as long as I can remember. My father had it when I was in my early teens and was very abusive he self medicated his whole family suffered from it but they never seek help except for one if his sisters my Aunt Deloris, she is the one I take after big time.
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