“I am one of the one in four people who has experienced a mental health challenge.”

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type II along with Anxiety Disorder with Agoraphobia in December, 2004, after a serious suicide attempt that put me into a coma for two days.  After spending a  week in the local hospital recovering from the effects of my suicide attempt, I was transfered to a mental health facility, where I spent two weeks.  The psychiatrist on staff there was the one who diagnosed me, after years of having a diagnosis of Clinical Depression.  While in the mental health facility, I met a number of people with a variety of mental health issues and I learned to understand them much better after spending two weeks with them.  I learned that mental health challenges affect people from every social/economic status, from a doctor with Bipolar Type I to a homeless person with Schizaphrenia. I saw the actual symptoms exibitted, from someone with Bipolar Type I have a full blown manic episode to someone with Schiziphrenia hearing people talking to her, while a room full of people clearly did not hear what she heard.  It was an eye-opening expirience to live among fellow sufferers.

Since that time, I've had so many suicide attempts or suicidal ideations that I've lost count of how many there have been while my doctor and I have tried to find the right medication combination for me.  It's been a long, hard road, but I'm still here.  Along the way, I developed an addiction to opiods, whether or not addiction is considered a mental health deasese or just an illness.  This has complicated my diagnosis and the finding of the correct medical cocktail for my mental health issues.  I am, at the time of this writing, five days short of having 6 months clean from opiods.  I have an appointment with my psychiatrist in a week to reevaluate my medications, now that I am clean.  I'm hoping we can ween me off of some of my medications, as I currently take six seperate medications alone for my mental health problems, in addition to other medications I take for non-mental health health problems.  It's been a long, hard, exhausting road, not only for me but for my family.  I hope some day, I'll find the right medications and dosages that will let me live a "normal" life.