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Mental in the Midwest – 2015

I think by now y’all know that I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II and Borderline Personality Disorder. Josh, my husband, also has Bipolar Disorder II and Attention Deficit Disorder. I talk about mental health issues around here rather a LOT. It’s a significant part of who we are so there is no way in hell I would ever even think about trying to hide it.

I also don’t sugar coat things. Having a mental health diagnosis can be The Utter Suck sometimes. There are appointments with psychiatrists and therapists to make, go to, and pay for. There are usually medicines to take, and it can take years to find the right ones to control your symptoms. There are the bad days when your symptoms get the best of you and it’s a struggle to just keep breathing. . .

But it’s not always bad and it can get better. That, more than anything else, is what I try to share on this blog. I’ve had some truly terrible times in my life because of my disorders, but I came out the other side stronger. . .

The single most important lesson that I’ve learned through all of this is that it’s not only alright to ask for help, it’s essential. Please don’t try to handle it on your own, it’s so much better having others with you to help shoulder the burdens. We get by with a little help from our friends, just ask Ringo.

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Mental in the Midwest

Trigger warning:  Talk of suicide.

My name is Erin, I’m 37 years old.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II when I was 29 and then with Borderline Personality Disorder when I was 31.  I’ve attempted suicide 4 times, 2 of which landed me in the ICU.  The last time my doc wasn’t sure if I’d caused myself permanent brain damage.  That was in 2010.  I have since completed my first Master’s degree, gotten married for the 3rd time, advanced in my job as an instructional designer at a highly respected university, and started a second Master’s degree.

I am way more that my diagnoses.

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