‘I have bipolar disorder. I’ve been dealing with it since I was nine years old. I take medication and I go to therapy. We’re not really sure what happened to cause it…we think something happened but it was so long ago, I don’t really remember. I go from one emotional extreme to the other…I get really crazy when I’m up and I start to do strange things like talking to strangers or going shopping and spending a lot of money. When I’m really depressed, I can’t even get out of bed…I can’t even take a shower, I’m so down. I usually just lay on the couch and try to get out of my head and that happens a lot.

People need to know that trying to be understanding of people with this illness is so important. We fight every day and knowing that people can try to be more understanding is a big help. There are classes to help get educated on how to deal with a bipolar child or even an adult. My parents didn’t know how to deal with me and my challenges until they went to these classes and got educated. They were very supportive…my parents had me in hospitals and psychiatric wards and did everything they could to help me. One time, when I was sixteen, I hitchhiked to California. They were terrified while I was gone. But I came home. The good news is that I’m still a survivor…I still fight every day. I’m still a person with a good heart. I try to deal with my disorder in the best way I can and I’m still kicking.’

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