Mental health awareness, an issue near and dear to my heart, is being put in the spotlight with the “Blog for Mental Health 2013” theme, being passed from blog to blog at this time. Winning With Bipolar recommended my blog to pledge this year.
I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I at the age of 16. I have gone through times medicated, some unmedicated. The ups and downs of the disorder have been very challenging, and I have lost jobs, friends, and many opportunities because of it. On the other hand, I feel that having the disorder has made me a stronger person overall. I blog about mental illness because I feel it is important to note that life still goes on. I am now living a life I am happy with. I am on SSDI and work a very low-key, very part-time job at my parents’ place of business. I have found the love of my life and overall am quite content. I do still have problems with anxiety and the up and down roller-coaster of bipolar, but my hills are not so steep and my dips not so low. I attribute my success in life to therapy, DBT, family, love, and medication. Living with mental illness isn’t a walk in the park, but it is very do-able.
This is not an award, but merely a mention of bloggers who I believe are true to intimately blogging about the struggles they have with mental health. I would like to invite five others to pledge to Blog for Mental Health 2013:
A special shout-out also to Canvas of the Minds for the coordination of this event!
Now, let’s get blogging!