Thoughts From MY Cluttered Mind offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Bipolar Disorder myself and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Advocacy

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write stories and to help others the way I have been. I know there are too many people out there who fear their mental illness and look only to self-help books for answers. They are the people I truly hope to reach with the words of hope and a promise of trust and understanding.

I believe that the ones, who truly understand, are those who have been there and understand the confusion and fear that comes with the diagnosis of a mental illness. It is not only a personal battle, but deciding to tell others is a huge step and usually not one taken well. The public perception of those with a mental illness is not a good one. We are more often than not treated as outcasts, like the lepers of Jesus’ day. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Once I found out about my diagnosis, I felt a pull to use my words as a way to educate and let the world know we are human. We are capable of thinking, dreaming and being part of this world, even though sometimes we may not believe it ourselves.

That is where faith comes into play,the faith in God and in ourselves can pull us through the darkest spots we may find ourselves in. Stay tuned for what is to come………the mind is always working.