I live in the Great North West in Portland, Oregon. I am a volunteer to two Connection group now. I was first diagnosed with Borderline Personalty Disorder in 1983 while in the US ARMY. I was also diagnosed at the time with Adjustment disorder.
After I was let out of the ARMY I spent a year in adult foster care taking a year off of life. After that year I became a telephone technician. I did that for twenty years. At age 40 my life became a living hell. I just fell apart at my seams. I have been in and out of the VA Hospital here in Portland 33 times since 2002.
I have NAMI to thank for my stability today. Not only did I start going to NAMI Connection group. I was very reluctant to walk in to that first meeting, but the facilitator was very kind and in a soft voice said to have a seat. Today he is a very good friend of mine. I now facilitate 2 Connection groups on Tuesdays every week. I still go into the hospital now and then but much less often. I have NAMI to thank for all that I am now.
I am a 30 year old Navy Veteran and college student. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder with depression. About to weeks ago I was in my medical anthropology class. We were having a class discussion and a student asked why psychological pain wasn’t a valid form of pain. Another student said because it doesn’t effect the persons quality of life.
Living with bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, Phillip is now sharing the support he received from NAMI with other veterans. Visit www.nami.org/itstime to help!
Let me start with this: I am an individual with bipolar disorder and anxiety, who over the years has found me in trouble for my actions while in the various states of my disorder. I am also a disabled veteran who served in the United States Air Force in the 1980s. Many of my issues started much earlier though, at age 13 to be exact. It was at that age that after unrelenting bullying that I tried to commit suicide. For the next five years, I began to have what I now recognize as intermittent periods of mania and depression.
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