My manic mental illness journey

My mental health journey has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. I can remember days where I felt the highest highs and the lowest lows. From feeling unstoppable and invincible to feeling completely helpless and hopeless, it’s been a wild ride.

When I was first diagnosed with manic mental illness, I didn’t understand what it meant. I had no idea how my entire life would be forever changed. The numerous doctors appointments, hours of therapy sessions, countless medications; It all seemed so overwhelming.

At times, I felt like giving up. But the truth is that having a manic mental illness can leave you feeling isolated and alone, when in reality there are so many people supporting me and lifting me up in my time of need. With their help, I’ve slowly started to piece together a new normal for myself: creating routines that work for me personally, going outside my comfort zone to make progress, learning to love and appreciate myself - even on the worst of days - these have all been part of my journey back home towards good mental health.

More recently, I’m starting to recognize just how bravely I get through each day of this rollercoaster life. It hasn’t been easy but it did remind me who I am: A strong individual who continues fighting despite their differences and difficulties!