Since writing this post – when I first signed up for the Royal Parks Ultra and decided that I wanted to support Mind – things have changed for me. I had a mini-break down that saw me sitting in a Samaritans house on a Sunday afternoon. Monday morning, I got in contact with both my doctor and Mind and, after a few very hard weeks, have been re-diagnosed as type 1 bipolar. Type 1 is categorised by heavy manic episodes.
When I told my mum about this she wasn’t surprised. She was relieved. She told me that the diagnosis explains a lot more than my previous diagnosis had.
I’m not sure what I would have done had I not been able to get in contact with Mind, and use the resources on their website, both before and after my new diagnosis. I was scared, but now I feel empowered.
I wasn’t my depression. I am not my bipolar. Simple.
But, for a lot of people it isn’t that simple. And that’s why we need to support Mind. And you can help by sponsoring me here.