If someone had asked me five years ago how do I manage a mental illness, I would have not been able to give an answer. For years, I was uneducated about mental illnesses or mental health all together. That changed back in 2014 when I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, as well as bipolar disorder. Although, I was shocked and ashamed I still wanted to know about bipolar disorder and anxiety. I am going to be honest here, I was not excited about admitting that I had an illness.
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This is the most wonderful time of the year! For many people the holidays signifies happiness, family and fun. But what about those who struggle when holiday time comes around? While the meaning of the holidays is beautiful, it can be a rough time for so many people including myself.
“As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, one for helping others.” - Audrey Hepburn
Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I was clueless. I was clueless about mental health and mental illness. My knowledge on the topic was non-existent. The reason why I did not know about mental health or mental illness was well, I never needed to know. Mental illness had never affected me or my loved ones. It was a subject that I would get a thorough schooling in. I was somewhat detached. Pretty sad, right? I know, I’m actually kind of embarrassed just typing these words.
After suffering with what she thought was just depression for over 20 years, Andrienne Kennedy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder back in 2014. For the 1st couple of years, she was in deep denial of her diagnosis because of the harsh stigma associated with mental illness and mental health disorders. She is the creator and founder of the blog “Beautiful Brain Collective” in which she encourages high-functioning professional that they can live a great life, their best life, despite a diagnosis.