My Journey with Bipolar Disorder
Why did I decide to write a book telling my inmost secrets of dealing with a mental illness? My first reason is to help others: those whom I have met or have yet to meet who suffer with mental illness and/or substance abuse addictions on a daily basis. You know who you are! I call people who have been diagnosed with mental illness my brothers and sisters. We have a kinship. I truly love all of you! My goal is to assist anyone dealing with these issues to learn to master your mind. Hence, my support group: MasterMinds: Be the Master of Your Own was formed.
There has been a real shift over the years when it comes to mental health that needs to be addressed. The widespread evidences of mental illness are becoming epidemic as more and more psychiatric hospital units are closing due to lack of funds, although it costs tax payers much more to house a person in jail or prison! Is it really fair for an individual to be sitting in jail when all he/she really needs is some compassion and the right psychotropic medication?
This book was also written to shine some light on that misunderstood word: suicide. Suicide is something that needs to be talked about. The wounds to family members left behind from such an act can last a lifetime. If this book stops one person from committing the act of suicide, then it was worth putting myself out there just for that one individual.
Another reason I wrote this book is to help clinicians who are working with us to not give up on us, but to assist us to maintain stability. We are human beings who can be very complicated indeed, so be generous with the encouraging word. There were times where I just “hung on” encouraging words from therapists, psychiatrists and others in the mental health field. You have a very important job!
This book is based solely on my own memories and through journals I have kept over the years. I stuck to the truth and do not expect everyone to understand or agree with the contents in this book. Many names have been changed to protect the privacy of people.
The most important reason I wrote this book is to glorify God for what He has done in my life. He pulled me out of the miry clay and gave me a purpose in life, which is to serve Him. While serving Him, I serve others! Without Him, I would have never been able to write this book. Without Him, I would never have survived living with this illness. I am not ashamed of having Bipolar Disorder. I am just very grateful to still be alive to tell my story.