My Story: Scott

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

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.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

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.

Who has been there for you? How?

I didn't have anyone at first. My parents were a little preoccupied with other things, and I moved out of the house shortly after I turned 18. In the last year or so I've had one friend who is also bipolar and they have been helpful. They listen to me when I'm having a bad day, and being able to joke around about the things we deal with is refreshing.

I like to help people, and I love cats.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I started a support group online for people with mental illness.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I started a support group online for people with mental illness.

It's not the be all and end all of who you are, it's just a part of your life.

It's not the be all and end all of who you are, it's just a part of your life.

What's your advice to someone else living with Bipolar?

It's not the be all and end all of who you are, it's just a part of your life. Nothing more. It's difficult, but learning to accept the things you cannot change makes it easier to change the things you can.

I've started my own support group online for people struggling with mental illness.

Is there anything else we should know?

I'm 24 and have been living this way for as long as I can remember, but I haven't given up hope. Life has a way of working out, and I'm grateful that I have the friend I do have. I've started my own support group online for people struggling with mental illness in general, and I'm hoping that takes off.

About Scott

My Story: Scott

I'm 24 years old and I live in California. I'm originally from South America and I grew up in Michigan. I am a programmer, Linux systems administrator, and I help out with various different open source projects.

I started an online support group for people dealing with mental illness where they can come together to play video games and chat about whatever.

I was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 18, though there had always been a hint of a 'major mood disorder' since I was young. I like to help people, and I love cats.

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