From about 14 years old I was diagnosed with what most people call Bi Polar Disorder. It has truly made my life difficult but in the end I wouldn't have it any other way. It took me awhile to fully understand the depths of the disease and what I needed to do to fix it. The drugs the doctors prescribed only would put me in a catatonic state of mind. Numb to the world around me. It wasn't until I started writing, that I found somewhat of a cure. Writing was the only thing that could get my mind to stop wandering and to put my mind to work on one single entity.
The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories that we tell ourselves as a society. What is normal? That's just a story that we tell ourselves. - Matthew Quick
Now, I am not saying put down your prescribed pills for a pen bit I am saying that writing can be one of the most therapeutic things you could possibly do. In the beginning when I was discovering this awesome thing called writing, I wrote short stories. It wasn't until about 2 years ago where I started writing entertainment news. Then I found MoviePilot and became instantly addicted to writing. Now here I am writing on the Creators network about my mental illness. Why you might ask?
I won't say that writing is therapy, but for me, the act of writing is therapy. The ability to be productive is good for my mental health. It's always better for me to be writing than vegetating on some couch.
-Raymond E. Feist
Because I know there are many of you out there suffering also. And maybe sometimes people can't understand you. Just know that you aren't alone in this big world and that all around you are people who suffer. I suffer daily but I allow myself to write to get out of my head. So I write this to you to let you know that mental illness won't stop you from doing anything you want. You just have to love yourself enough to let you have what you want. Maybe writing isn't your therapy, but you will find it. Some like to read, some like to run and some like to cook up something nice. Find your therapy, and let yourself do it.
A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control.
-Robert Foster Bennett
When I write all I can think about is what is being thrown onto the screen. Almost like autopilot has taken control. No longer am I wallowing in self pity or doubt but I am happy. I am creating something and bringing it into the world. That right there is true happiness. Don't let your illness define you, you are bigger than it. It can't exist without the central you. So believe in yourself, that's the the place to start!