I am a 33 year old single mother of an 11 year old daughter. I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 in May of 2008 when I'd slipped into a very deep dark depression. I had three months off work and there were days I feared the overwhelming thoughts I had of wanting to end my life. I sought help from family and entered the medical arena of GP's Psych's counselling etc. I believe I have suffered from bipolar for many years however went undiagnosed and didn’t really understand the ups and downs of my personality. I have an undergraduate degree in social science, I work 5 days a week, earn a comfortable wage to provide a good life on one income for my daughter and I. I am very close with my family - although my parents worry way too much since seeing my depression last year. Its smothering at times and they are a tad over protective - however better to be loved than not hey! Can’t knock the caring and just have learnt how to manage them. I choose selectively who knows about my diagnosis as I am all too aware of stigma which I hate with a passion. I prefer to say I have bipolar that I am bipolar as I am so much more than bipolar. I enjoy writing and am learning more as time goes by about how to harness the craft. I have a love affair with books. I spend a lot of my time with my daughter - we enjoy dining out with friends, going to movies, walks and hanging out.
I have set up a journal mainly to connect with other people with bipolar, anxiety issues like I have and with others who are finely tuned like me.
I believe many of us with a mental illness are often creative, intuitive, insightful intelligent and often underestimated. I also believe passionately that even though I have times where I feel scared, isolated, lonely, insecure - mixed emotions, sensitive, anxious, depressed or hyper manic I am not someone who has limited coping skills. I am a strong woman and a survivor and for anyone who endures the highs and lows of bipolar will know that it takes guts and determination and a will to be part of life to overcome and sometimes just endure the pain that can come with living with this illness.