I was diagnosed as bipolar during my 3rd and last pregnancy, at the time I had postnatal and prenatal depression due to becoming pregnant after my daughter was only 7 months old, I was, to put it mildly, rapidly cycling between manic and morose, every facet of my personality was affected by bipolar and in the end it was a relief to be diagnosed and put on medication.
I find that my Mental Health suffers during this time of year and comes with a constant battle between extreme FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and anxiety-riddled excuses as to why I won't attend Christmas parties or other winter-time social events. Fighting the "Winter Blues" can be difficult so I've come up with some Winter Mental Health Tips
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2012 but the truth is that I had been suffering from crippling mental health symptoms since my early 20's. I am now 34 years old. Initially my symptoms were bearable and I could muddle through everyday life. Throughout my 20s the symptoms of depression became more and more intense and much more frequent.
I regularly get told the classic "You'd never know it to look at you" and, "You seem like you've got it all together." Believe me I very much do not, the battle in my head is so tiresome. Often I'll smile at someone whilst thinking, "gosh I want to die so much" and I'm by in no means the one swimming in the choppiest water.
The government like to paint a picture of benefits claimants as being debt-ridden addicts who can't be bothered to work. I want to try and dispel this picture a bit, if I can. I don't smoke, drink, take drugs (except what is prescribed to me). I only claim ESA and PIP not housing benefit or anything like that. We don't claim carer's allowance for my husband even though we are entitled to it.