Did you know that bipolar disorder can be grouped into two categories? Meet Hannah, who suffers from the rarely discussed bipolar disorder Type 2; this is her story.
Hi, I'm Hannah. I'm 26, and I'm bipolar. I didn't really find out till I was around 17. I started having bouts of serious depression that would kind of interchange with serious anxiety attacks. I isolated myself a lot and I got really paranoid. I felt like my friends didn't like me and that nobody understood what was going on, and everybody thought I was crazy. And I got to the point where I really felt like I wanted to die. I just couldn't see any reason for being alive because I didn't think that I had anybody in my life that would care if I was gone, and I didn't want to do anything. Ceasing to exist seemed like a better option than trying to go through another day. And I hard a really hard time coping with it. So my mom took me to a psychiatrist, who didn't really know what was going on. She didn't really listen to me very well, and she put me on a mild antidepressant, and unfortunately I reacted badly to it and ended up fairly suicidal. So I ended up in an outpatient hospital program, and that was where observing me they realized that I had bipolar type 2. So they put me on a regimen of medications. Once I started getting things into my system to help to balance out the brain chemicals that was an enormous help, but also setting goals for myself. Was a senior in high school, so I'd look toward college, and what I could do then, and how I could start over, and that kind of helped me get passed the sort of shame of going through this. Right now, my life is going extremely well. Better than I ever expected it would. I just graduated from NYU with a Master's degree. I live with my boyfriend. We have a really wonderful relationship. I'm really tight with my family, and everything is going extraordinarily well. I really enjoy my life. I do spend a lot of time outdoors and going out and doing different things and exploring New York, and I really almost don't struggle with the bipolar at all anymore.
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