The last Friday in March is here! What a month it has been! Today’s post is the last in the series but I may do another batch for this series after Summer depending on the reaction of you guys and this series! I hope you have enjoyed reading all the posts and I hope that for those struggling with the conditions highlighted that these posts have helped you!
Today’s post is all about Bipolar Disorder and for this post, the person has asked to remain anonymous.
What is your mental health condition?
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, exhibiting more symptoms of depression than hypomania
How did you come to find you had your condition?
I was exhibiting signs of depression June of 2017. I was always irritated, tired, I lost my job because I felt burned out, I wasn’t up to anything and I was passively thinking of suicide.
Does it affect you in your daily life? If so, how?
Yes. I can’t keep a job because every time I try to apply I get panic attacks. I don’t go out as much as I used to and am always at home.
Was there a point when you got help for your condition? If so, how?
Yes. I went to a psychiatrist May of 2017 because I felt that there was really something wrong with me and that I needed help. That I deserve to get help because I don’t want my life wasting away.
Why do you think your condition isn’t really talked about?
In the Philippines, there’s this social stigma that when you have a mental illness, you’re weak. A lot of people here are worried about living day to day so to worry about mental health is seen as a luxury and as such most people ridicule those like us for having “too much time in our hands” and “not being strong enough to handle life’s challenges.” So it’s difficult to actively talk about the topic because there’s the potential for you to be shamed.
Overall, why do you think there is not enough money in the NHS for people with Mental Health Conditions?
I can’t speak for that but in the Philippines, we’re waiting for the Mental Health law to be signed by the President. The law offers free mental counselling in cities and provinces, especially for those who are in remote areas who do not have access to hospitals in the city. The medication is not free, but counselling is, so I think that ‘s a good step in our direction.
Do you have any advice for those with the same condition?
Take care of yourself, seek help, find a strong support system, exercise, eat well, take your meds. Let go of people in your life who don’t understand what you are going through.
Any other comments?
Really happy that you are doing this project. So kind and brave of you to do this. I do hope there’s some sort of online community for those with mental illnesses so they can talk about their daily problems so that others can also provide counselling and support. And also to make friends.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in this series, I am thankful you all shared your stories with me and now the world.
Till Next Time