P. Cervinus shares their perspective on a mental illness diagnosis; the peril of pathologization or the blind acceptance, and operating between the two poles.
Garrett Marshall couldn’t accept his diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder. When his attempts to escape almost killed him, he reached out for help.
Jeremy has struggled with medication resistant mental illness (self-harm, bipolar, schizophrenia, suicide ideation) his whole life. He gives us a glimpse into his life as he tries to survive feeling chronically empty.
Sara Kay was always called “moody” until she had a psychotic breakdown and she had to start figuring things out, bit by bit .
Mwati denied her bipolar diagnosis for years. It took a trip to the top of a mountain in her home country for her to decide to get her life back.
“I checked my phone for more likes on my photos. I put my phone back down, face up this time, with the brightness turned all the way just in case I get another notification. Then, out of nowhere I started shaking. It first started in my hands, then my arms, then lastly, my chest. My heart was pumping more than normal but it wasn’t like I couldn’t breathe. It was all just enough to know that something wasn’t right.”
Emily gives a detailed description of her first psychotic episode which she blames on the legal speed she’d been prescribed two days before to treat a bladder condition that she would later learn she never had.