Something I am Proud Of:

I’m very proud to be at a place in my life where managing my mental illness no longer fears like an insurmountable task and more like a regular part of my daily life. While it’s still a full-time responsibility and can be a lot to contend with when life gets hectic, it doesn’t feel as cripplingly overwhelming as it once did. I’m also very proud (and privileged) that I’ve been able to have honest conversations with people in both my personal and professional life about my diagnosis and my own limitations. Trusting myself to be vulnerable and trusting others to listen has opened doors for me that I never knew existed.

Advice for Newly Diagnosed:

It’s ok to grieve the life you had before your diagnosis. But it’s also important to remember that the person you were then is still the person you are now. The only difference is finally having an explanation for how you feel. Mourn as much as you need, but don’t feel ashamed or guilty. Also, if you feel safe doing so, find someone you trust (like a family member, friend, coworker, or even a therapist) to confide in about your diagnosis. While they may not completely understand, they might be able to help you process your feelings and support you in finding a routine that works for you.

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