Bipolarisim, Not Ashamed, Not In Fear, Simply A Fact of Life…
Maybe My Honesty Can Help Someone Else…
I have always had some minor problems since my youth that came and went from time to time. When I was in graduate school at about 23 I started to experience problems with depression. I mostly ignored it hoping it would go away. And it did temporarily. But it came back again. By 25 I started to get worse and worse. I started to have major depression and occasional problems with my thought processes. I still didn’t do anything about it.
At 27 I graduated from graduate school. By then my problems with bipolar disorder were very severe so I finally did something about it. I saw a doctor. He referred me to a psychiatrist who started me on medication. A number of different combinations of medications had to be tried but after about two years I was much much better. Now I have been doing very well. I still take medicine and always will.
I am thankful that in this day and age there is medicine for bipolar disorder. It is a gift from God. God always took good care of me even when I was doing bad. He’s a good God. My advice to anyone who is experiencing depression or other problems is to get help early on and don’t wait a long time like I did. There is help. Here are a few links where you can get more info about this kind of stuff.
Mental Illness is just a fact of life here is a list of Famous People Known to have some type of mental illness or has coped with Symptoms of Mental Illness:
John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner in mathematics, has faced a lifelong battle with schizophrenia.
Isaac Newton,most famous mathematician of the 17th Century
Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, had bipolar disorder
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of U.S. suffered from severe and debilitating and on occasion
Ruth Graham (daughter of Ruth and Billy Graham)
Lionel Aldridge, a football player for the Green Bay Packers
Vincent Van Gogh, famous painter and artist
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain
Virginia Woolf, the British novelist
Jane Pauley, NBC newsbroadcaster
Eugene O’Neill, famous playwright
Vivien Leigh, actress
Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, prof. of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD,
Shawn Colvin, Winner of two Grammys in music
Judy Collins, singer and songwriter
William Styron, author
Leo Tolstoy, author
Charles Dickens, English author,
John Keats, poet,
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