evil red lips2
My mental health recovery has been a long road. At 6 when I was diagnosed with Juvenila Rheumatoid Arthritis, I became very depressed and sad, and at 11 I wanted to stop living. At 16 I was hospitalized for anorexia and depression and treated with Prozac. In my early 20s during a hospital stay I was also diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and treated with anti-depressants and sedatives. I started to see counselors, social workers and and attend psychoeducation classes, but nothing seemed to help much. Flip forward to 2010 after an ankle replacement, when I was in the hospital. My emotions were rapid-cycling all over the place, my thoughts were racing, I couldn't sleep and my thought processes were strange and delusional. After I was released, my symptoms got so bad I wanted to die for the first time in a long time, so I called 911 and was hospitalized. Finally I got a diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder and this time I feel the diagnosis fits. I've been treated with meds and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and have had much success with both. I also practise mindfulness meditation on a daily basis to combat the symptoms of the illness and life's everyday stresses. The journey to recovery has been long, but I've gotten to the point where I'm starting to enjoy the process.

Sabrina (Vancouver)