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?
For Heather England, it wasn’t until high school that she realized her family wasn’t how families are supposed to be. Her father’s bipolar diagnosed would eventually lead to her own.
After falling in love with a man with bipolar, Wrae finds herself having to work through the grief of his completing suicide.