By Aimee Sparrow
This collection of online journals produces a timeline of my thought process as I sought recovery, solace, and peace with myself under the knowledge I have a lifelong mental illness that influences something as intimate as my moods. Over time I experience hope, despair, despondency, intense fear, hatred, and sadness. Prior to discovering happiness, these were my greatest trials and I express them in ways others can understand and reflect on either as a fellow survivor or as a friend of one. The purpose of this manuscript is to enhance mental health awareness and open up the discussion on how to make life easier for those who suffer.
About the author
I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder after experiencing a delusion when I was 20 years old. Over time I have been hospitalized, put on several different medications including mood stabilizers and antipsychotics, and have been struggling with the reality of both my illness and being medicated for it. I experienced depressive symptoms primarily for a decade before I found happiness and stability. My friends and family have supported me and I have grown and learned so much over the years. I am a strong proponent of progress and recovery from mental illness with time, dedication, talk therapy, and reflection.