My Story: Tracey

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

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.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I needed to change a lot, but my priority was to be happy and enjoy life. I started studying, doing homework, and start opening up a bit as well. I had horrible social anxiety as well as anxiety, but I started getting out more and stop isolating myself. Lastly, I started walking and exercising.

Who has been there for you? How?

I still to this day have problems with socializing. So, I don't have many people for support. However, the ones I do have are plenty enough. I have my mother, sister, my two daughters, and one friend. They have never given up on me or the issues I suffer from daily.

They have never given up on me or my issues I suffer with daily.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I have had many accomplishments and to be honest, it's the best feeling ever. I feel like I have my life back. Just know that we are not alone and you should never let bipolar control you.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I have had many accomplishments and to be honest, it's the best feeling ever. I feel like I have my life back. Just know that we are not alone and you should never let bipolar control you.

Just know that you are not alone.

Just know that you are not alone.

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

The only advice I have for anyone who has a mental illness is to be strong – we are all the same. Find the right medication and a therapist you feel comfortable around. One more thing, always keep your head up.

Be strong.

Is there anything else we should know?

I'm 28 years old. I have two daughters. I have many issues that I suffer with daily. Mental illness and addiction are not a great combination, and well, unfortunately, I have had a drug addiction problem but I am proud to say that I have been clean four years which has made everything so much better. I pray every. The night that whoever still suffers from anything that they get guided into the right path and have a happy future.

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