My Mental Health is Not a Curse

For Gwyneth, there isn’t a time she can remember that was free of mental health disorder symptoms. Experiencing hallucinations as early as four years old, Gwyneth shares the incredible journey she has taken through treatment and hospitalizations to becoming the accomplished woman she is today: a mental health and disability advocate, and a leader. Gwyneth says her experiences of living with a mood disorder led to her becoming a creative, insightful, resilient, brave, empathetic, and empowered adult. Read Gwyneth’s letter to her younger self.

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When you live with depression or bipolar disorder, having a fulfilling, happy life can sometimes feel out of reach. It’s not. Listen to stories from real people who have struggled with a mood disorder and still found a way to live the lives they want to lead. Wellness is possible for everyone; They’re living proof.

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If you live with depression or bipolar, when things are at their worst it can feel like things will never get better. It may be when you are first diagnosed or during a difficult event, or for no particular reason that you can pinpoint at all.

What we do know is that these times do pass, and that you are not alone. In fact, when we take time to reflect on our experiences and circumstances, we often find, with overwhelming proof, the strength we have shown during some of our greatest challenges.

DBSA’s blog and podcast series, I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, shares inspiring stories of young adult peers who are living proof that they can overcome even the most difficult times.

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I’m Living Proof Archive

I’m Living Proof is created to share inspiration for young adults living with a mood disorder. These archival posts represent the stories shared between 2015-2020.

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If you or someone you know has thoughts of death or suicide, call (800) 273-TALK (800-273-8255) or 9-1-1 immediately. You can also text DBSA to 741-741 or contact someone you trust or the hospital emergency room.

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