This is my story as a Father and the journal I’ve kept for many years. It’s the beginning of my daughters first two years and her/our battle and realization that she has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. We are getting support but oh how it has changed our lives. She is 24 and married with a four year old little boy. I hope in some way it can help other families understand the process that may be before them. Stay strong.
Beauty from pain - my journey of becoming and surviving bipolar I.
UPDATE: It has been over a year an a half. A few months after I made the above video I began going to a NAMI supported Bipolar and Depression Group. I am also working too. No one at works knows of my condition or history - but I am working as a Civil Engineer and am doing well. Recovery for me took time, and I’m here doing well and more comfortable and much more educated about what my illness is to me and ways to cope. There is hope.
For the last 30 years I have struggled with depression and borderline personality disorder. I spent close to 20 of those 30 years in the hospital for one reason or or another. Throughout all of that time, I never gave up (although, at times, I would have like to. However, I have been blessed with the insight to know how such actions would hurt the ones I love). I also know that I was born with this illness for a reason. With the help of my family and close friends I have been in recovery for close to 10 years now. I still have my bad days, but the good far outweigh the bad.
This video explains my journey. I was asked to participate in it by a gentleman named Bud Clayman, who suffers from OCD. It was shared on OC87recoverydiaries.com, a web site that he produces that features stories of recovery.
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