I came across this on Kitt O’Malley’s blog, and I think it’s wonderful. Since entering the blogging world, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of mental health bloggers there are out there, trying to raise awareness, stop stigma, help others, and better the system.
And I am absolutely honored to be one of them.
I started struggling with my mental health when I was 16 years old. I went to see a therapist, who told me I had Borderline Personality Disorder. However, a week or so later I was happy to have a new boyfriend, so she told me I was all better. I stopped seeing her immediately and didn’t seek treatment again until recently.
It’s been a long process. I’ve been through ups and downs and extremes and stability over the past ten years. It was a struggle, but I was always able to manage somehow (at least I thought I was), so I just figured my case wasn’t particularly bad and went about my life.
Last fall things got really bad. And they’ve been getting progressively worse. All of my relationships are either shaky or over, my passions have dwindled, my grades were affected, I can’t get a job. Most days it’s hard to even get out of bed. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with Eeyore Syndrome.
I finally made my first appointment to see a therapist in ten years. Actually, I made three separate appointments to see three separate therapists. Which gives me hope.
And I blog on Bipolar Parenting Project about my journey, which also gives me hope.
And I am honored to be able to take this pledge with so many other inspiring bloggers.
“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 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.”
For anyone else interested in taking this pledge, please visit A Canvas of the Minds.
**Please be informed that there were some technical difficulties with the Bipolar Parenting Project blog, and we are currently working to redo everything. Therefore none of my posts are available at this time, but once I get them re-posted over there I will also add them here as soon as possible.**