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.
Growing up with a mother with bipolar, Eric shares what it was like to live in fear of setting her off and being part of a tight-knit neighbourhood where their perceptions of his mother and his home life caused him hurt.
Jeanné, diagnosed with Bipolar I, supported herself until she had a nervous breakdown. Now homeless and ill, she couldn’t get agency support because in the past she was high-functioning. Who would help her?