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My Story: Faith Elizondo

I was first diagnosed in 2007. I was 27 years old, newly divorced and left my three children with their father. I believe going from being a wife and a mother to just myself took its toll on me. I couldn't sleep, I was so paranoid I left my vehicle on the road and began walking, thinking there was a bomb in it. I would leave my apartment in the middle of the night and walk miles, and on some days I felt the ground…

by Brittany Reis on December 20, 2017
My Story: Elly Lannager

My Story: Elly Lannager

In 2002, I began to see a therapist who noticed a change in my behavior. I was risk-taking, agitated and talking fast. I agreed to see a psychiatrist as she felt I was showing symptoms of mania. After a long conversation with the psychiatrist, I wanted to mention this to my doctor. When the doctors described the symptoms of mania to me, I was surprised at first. I just thought those behaviors were okay. On the mania scale, I ran a bit high. We determined…

by Brittany Reis on November 6, 2017
My Story: AJ

My Story: AJ

After many strained relationships and one failed marriage, I found someone who is living with the same condition as me. I lived 38 years untreated and Lindsey, my girlfriend, was the one person who told me it was okay to seek help for a problem I was afraid to face. It has been over two months since I started seeking help. Not only have my prescriptions saved me from myself but they helped me become the person I should have been all along.

59 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on September 27, 2017

My Story: Nanci Hemingway

I was diagnosed when I was 50. My doctor said that my tremendous drive to succeed at work and raise children kept this hidden. I can look back into my lifetime and see that I had it high school. A victim of bullies in school to the point where I developed an eating disorder and nearly died. To this day I can picture those women. Now I focus on taking care of myself, surrounding myself with people who are caring and I giving back to…

54 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on September 20, 2017
My Story: Elizabeth

My Story: Elizabeth

My earliest memory was suffering from anxiety attacks at the age of 6. When I was 11, I began to self-harm, I felt relief when I was angry or sad, but I kept it to myself. I was off and on a myriad of antidepressants until I was diagnosed with bipolar at 19. I dismissed the diagnosis and began my journey down a long road of crippling depression and anxiety along with the over the top manic highs. I realized that my explosive anger, mood…

204 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on September 13, 2017
My Story: Joey

My Story: Joey

After a week straight of sleep, manic depression set in and I couldn't function. I saw a doctor who diagnosed me with bipolar II disorder. I was very unstable, suicidal, manic, and malnourished. I knew that on the outside, I look good, but on the inside, my brain had issues. I could no longer work in my profession, short-term memory loss was apparent, and unexplained rage started to occur more frequently. My advice to you is educate yourself on bipolar disorder. Learn everything you can.…

64 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on September 1, 2017

My Story: Tracey

As a teenager, I had felt like I was so different than others. I always felt down and out and I never felt happy. I was always so tense and upset about everything. I started having thoughts that I would be better off dead. I finally told my mother and she got me help as soon as next day came along. For anyone who has a mental illness, I want you to be strong – we are all the same. Find the right medication and…

31 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on August 23, 2017
My Story: Kricket

My Story: Kricket

When I was young, I always knew something was wrong with me. I kept to myself and animals, and never really had any affection towards anyone. By the time I reached high school, things had started to change. I would have rapid thoughts, deal with periods of insomnia, quiet spells to where I would hardly speak to anyone. It wasn't until I was 19 when I felt something was wrong. I called and made an appointment to go in and talk to someone who diagnosed…

37 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on August 2, 2017
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…

1.1k 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.

376 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 5, 2016