I am not my illness.

I am not bipolar. I am not PTSD. I am not depression. I am not anxiety, panic attacks or psychosis.

I have all that, but I am not all that. There is more to me than my symptoms or mental illness.

I am a vulnerable, charismatic man, living in abundance.

I’d like to quote Kelly Schwager who said,

“Mental illness is a flaw in chemistry, not character.”

I do have a problem with chemistry in my brain, but my heart is still in the right place.

That is how I would communicate what she is saying. There is a stigma associated with mental illness and I write and am transparent about my own experiences so that others like me won’t ever have to feel alone.

If you are diagnosed with a mental illness, remember there is more to you than just that label. AND contrary to some societal norms you are not “crazy”.

Let’s start a conversation about you and your struggles. My blog is here to show you how to find relief. My support group is here to offer a safe place to talk about how to manage symptoms, share feelings and discover strategies to find relief.

You are not your illness.

You are a human being living day by day trying to manage a bunch of symptoms like me.

Let’s talk. Make a comment or ask a question. I’d like to hear from you.

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