I am Emily. My onset of bipolar disorder was most likely in my childhood. I was always different: I thought differently, reacted differently, and exhibited my emotions differently. My parents first sought help for me in 4th grade, the year I developed anorexia. For the next 9 years I would fight all attempts of treatment and put myself in some very risky situations. It wasn’t until I went to college in 2006 that I realized if I wanted a “normal successful life” I needed to get help. The word bipolar was never mentioned to me until much later. In 2013 I gave birth to my first child. That is when I learned the true meaning of postpartum depression and the importance of mental health education. In August of 2015 I got married to my amazing husband who by choice is in this crazy up and down life with me. In March we welcomed our daughter, Bristol Renee, her name symbolizes rebirth.
My hope through this blog is to continue to do what I am passionate about: helping people become the best they can be through education and example. I have an undergraduate background in criminal justice and psychology, I am a part of peer support helpline team and am currently working on a PeerSupport Specialist Certification.