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I'm Living Proof Stories

Get inspiration from others who have been there and know you're not on this journey alone. Or, do you have a story you'd like to share?

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Nabilah, 29

One of the worst moment I've had living with Bipolar would be when I was sixteen. I remember sitting on the bathroom floor with a razor, wanting to feel something, anything, even if that meant pain. Read more...


Rachel, 19

I was around eight when I first was diagnosed with a mental illness, nine when I started medication. My diagnoses would change over the years, but mood disorder remained the same underlying term used to describe my ups and downs. Read more...


Valerie, 22

I was first diagnosed with depression when I was 13. I noticed things were different between my peers and me. I seemed to slowly separate myself from others as the cloud of depression settled in my day to day activities. Read more...


Allie, 28

I was born with health issues and colic because I was extra sensitive to sound, light, etc, so my mother did her best to maintain routine for me to keep me calm. Experiencing significant trauma in early childhood, however, triggered me to become more hyper-vigilant. Read more...


Meagan, 24

It is in my personal opinion that most individuals diagnosed with a mood disorder would say, in all honesty, that their diagnoses changed their lives; I surely would. Would you believe me if I said, though, that my life has slowly changed in a positive way? Read more...


Nakeisha, 20

Despite experiencing my first manic episode at the age of fourteen, I was not diagnosed with bipolar I until a few months before my eighteenth birthday. The diagnosis came as a shock to most of those who knew me—I was a bright and bubbly. Read more...


Karissa, 24

I'm 23 years old, and at 17 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I grew up familiar with mental illness, what with having some close loved ones who also live with it. But the entirety of my time in high school was dark, Read more...


LaDestiny, 26

Picture it: you're a sixteen-year-old girl. You have a wonderful boyfriend, great friends, a loving family and you excel at school. It seems like the picture of perfection. I was that girl. Read more...


Emily, 29

Growing up I always handled my emotions differently. I took things very personally and become upset easily. Sometimes I didn't want anything to do with anyone. Read more...


 

Rebecca's Dream  

DBSA would like to thank Rebecca’s Dream for their support of the I'm Living Proof program. Rebecca’s Dream promotes awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Visit RebeccasDream.org