I’ve decided to officially take the pledge:
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.
A wonderful blogger and author pledged me to take action. Her name is Victoria Sawyer and you can find her site here: http://angstanxietypanic.wordpress.com/. The originators of this campaign are found here: A Canvas of the Minds. I am very pleased to have found a group of like-minded bloggers dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. I am hoping they will allow me to become one of them eventually! If you have time you should check out both of these blogs as they have some wonder writings and insights.
Next Part: Write a short biography of your mental health, and what this means to you.
I am not sure that I have ever actually written a biography of my mental health, but here goes:
Most of my life I have known that I was “different”. My mind has never worked the way that those around me has. There were some very distinct thoughts/behaviors/etc. that I became aware of over the years that I knew weren’t right, but they seemed so sporadic that I did not know what was wrong. I became pretty good at hiding my illness, but as time passed things got worse and worse inside my head until I just snapped.
In 2010 I, with my Husband and doctor, decided that I needed to get some serious help and so I was hospitalized. I did not think so then, but it was one of the best things that I have ever done. The doctors and staff helped me to see that what was going on in my head wasn’t just some sporadic crap, but that there was a pattern and a reason for it.
They diagnosed me with Bipolar 1 Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, also with anxiety and panic attacks. At first I said, “No that can’t be me. Bipolar people are crazy!” (Stigma anyone?) and I had a very hard time accepting it. But eventually, it became a relief to know that there is actually something physically wrong with my brain.
I view my mental illness as something that has been given to me to make me stronger. Also to help me better understand myself and my personality. It is a journey and I am still at the beginning. I hope to learn a lot and to help others I meet along the way.
Last but not least: Pledge five others, and be sure to let them know!
I’m not sure that I know 5 others that haven’t already been pledged yet, but I will add to this list as I find some!