"I just remember feeling so much relief ... like I could breathe."
Before my diagnosis, my life just felt so out of control. My mind felt so out of control. So, having my psychiatrist tell me "You have bipolar, it's treatable, there are medications that you can take, and we can come up with a treatment plan for you just like you would come up with a treatment plan for someone who has cancer or someone who has diabetes or high blood pressure," that was really powerful and affirming for me.
I remember sitting in front of him, and I was sweating as I’m telling him everything that I had been experiencing, just letting it all out. When he started telling me what it was (based on family history and on my own personal mental health history), I just remember cooling down, and I remember feeling so much relief … and I felt like I could breathe. All of a sudden I felt all this air in my lungs, and I could just exhale and it was just okay.
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