My blog is to help people who have or care for someone with mental illness. This is where I write about my frustrations, my happiness, and my illness. This is what I live and think. I am hoping that I can help myself and other people through my writing. I want to stop the stigma.
So who am I?
I am an advocate of mental illness and want to help stop the terrible stigma attached to these illness’s. I am a stay at home mother to 2 teenage daughters, and have an overwhelming love for animals, especially beagles. I have 2 of my own in addition to a black lab mix, 4 cats, and 4 chickens. I am a foster mother for cats at my local Humane Society and I also volunteer there with my daughter on the weekends and work in the vet clinic. I am a classically trained Soprano and dreamed of Broadway and the MET. I enjoy all kinds of music. I also love coffee and wine. But most of all, I love snuggling at home with my husband, children, & pets.
The first time someone told me that I may have a mental illness was when I sought help at the counseling center in college. It was 1997, I was 19 and felt very low. He told me that he didn’t think he could help me because he thought I was Manic Depressive and they weren’t trained for that. “Manic Depressive?” I thought, “That is crazy!” I left and didn’t seek help again until after my daughter was born in 1999. I was initially diagnosed with Postpartum Depression and then Major Depressive Disorder shortly after. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2003. It wasn’t until 2006 that I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder.
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