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My Story: Jennifer

My Story: Jennifer

My experience with bipolar has been going on for the last 15 years. I spent the majority of my twenties dealing with deep lows and hypomania in the form of severe agitation and anxiety. I knew something was off, but could not put my finger on it. I finally started getting therapy on and off in my early thirties and tried different antidepressants. However, they all seemed to not work and I took that as a sign that the medications were not for me. I…

34 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 24, 2016
My Story: Chet Grimsley

My Story: Chet Grimsley

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998 and have been on Depakote and seen doctors regularly since. I’ve had to regularly go to the doctor, take medication, and stay educated. Now, I raise awareness and spread my testimony on radio and TV. My church, wife, friends, and doctors have been there for me. I’ve also found information online to be very helpful for the education of mental health.

52 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 5, 2016
My Story: Alishia Kurz

My Story: Alishia Kurz

Having bipolar is difficult; for me, parenting with bipolar can seem next to impossible. I have learned to do what works for my family and me. Bipolar is different for all of us. I cut toxic people out, and I use marijuana to help with the symptoms of mania, which many people, including some doctors, don't understand. After several years and many, many medications, we have found that for me, the bipolar is treatment resistant. My goal is to attempt to treat much of this…

134 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on September 7, 2016
My Story: Cindy

My Story: Cindy

I did not have a proper diagnosis until my late 20s — I am 61 now. I have been receiving treatment for mental health problems since I was 15, back in the late 60s, when no one seemed to know what bipolar really was. I was treated with Trazodone as a young person, which helped with the depression a little. At least, it made me sleep. I did a lot of self-medicating throughout my teens and as a young adult. As I got older I…

191 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 5, 2015
My Story: Scott

My Story: Scott

Doctors diagnosed me with a 'severe mood disorder' when I was a kid. When I was 18 I was diagnosed bipolar. I didn't know anything about it, I just constantly had really bad ups and downs that really affected my life for the worst. I moved to a different state, which helped getting away from some things, starting over. Other than that, I pretty much just have to keep a structured schedule. I didn't have anyone at first. My parents were a little preoccupied with…

114 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 5, 2015
My Story: Michelle Gonzalez

My Story: Michelle Gonzalez

I'm not exactly sure what my mother noticed with me, but when I was 15 she noticed I wasn't myself anymore. I was cutting my left wrist sometimes but I was never sure why. My mother saved me by taking me to a psychiatrist, who diagnosed me. When I was 16 I got caught cutting at school and was taken to the hospital. My mother was always there to save me. I started having meaningless sex, which became normal to me until I found my…

89 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 5, 2015
My Story: Amanda Frederick

My Story: Amanda Frederick

I grew up in a very loving Christian home. Unfortunately, mental health was never discussed, and my surroundings were incredibly judgmental. During my late teens and early 20s I was out of control, chasing anything and everything that made me feel something. My brother cut me out of his life because he just could not deal with me. I got pregnant, dropped out of college, and married the guy, who I had never even dated. It ended about a year later. After that, I got…

107 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 28, 2015
My Story: Meghan

My Story: Meghan

When I was 15 I heard about an actress who had bipolar and when she talked about her symptoms I noticed I had a lot of the same symptoms. Originally my mom brushed me off but I kept a log of everything – what I ate, when I slept, what was going on in school, etc. It wasn't until I turned 18 I decided to go talk to a psychologist myself. By that time I had three journals filled with information and after he looked…

126 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on May 26, 2015
My Story: Joy Hibbins

My Story: Joy Hibbins

A friend of mine first suggested that I may have bipolar. I had been suicidally depressed, but within days I was totally on a high, euphoric. Then, the next day, he asked me if I thought I had bipolar. That led to doctors monitoring me, and a psychiatrist's diagnosis, all within a few months. Friends can be very important in noticing poles of behavior. I continue to run the charity Suicide Crisis, which runs a Suicide Crisis Centre and a Trauma Centre. I set up…

177 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on March 25, 2015
My Story: Tiffany Cooper

My Story: Tiffany Cooper

I have a much stronger support system than most - however, sometimes it still isn't enough. Maintaining treatment is the only way to successfully change your life. I am not in a completely stable place yet, but I am well enough to know that therapy has made a major positive impact on my life, and on the lives of the people that mean the most to me. I'm proud that I have sought help, accepted my diagnosis, and stayed in treatment.

470 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 13, 2015