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I am so happy to be collaborating with Rae and raising awareness for mental health. Her blog is definitely one to read and it deserves every recognition it gets. She talks about her experience with bipolar disorder, speaking about symptoms to medication.

“It has been a journey to get to a place where I feel I can live life day to day and not fear my emotions. I have learned to embrace the highs and lows, the good and the bad. When I first got my diagnosis, I felt overwhelmed with disgust with myself. But, through therapy, DBT group, medication, and self reflection. I have turned my weakest moments into my strength. I have wrapped myself in an armour of self realisation, self love, self respect. Yes, I can be weak....But those moments of weaknesses are just that, moments. Moments of weakness that turn into my strength. Bipolar is a part of me, but I refused to be defined by it”

Rae was diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar 2 and is currently taking combined medication of Seroquel and Lithium, helping her to notice a change in herself and feel much more evened out.

“According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar 2 is defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. I never experienced any full blown mania until my mid-twenties but I did start to experience depressive episodes around age 17. Looking back I did have some manic tendencies from ages 17-22 but nothing compared to what I experience now.....
When I experience mania, I feel a rush. It’s like having a whole body and mind and soul fuzzy feeling. You feel so elated, like you can’t ever feel sad or bad or anything other than happiness. I often feel the urge to spend and often pay little regard to the consequences. The depressive episodes come far more often than the manic episodes. I will get low - so low that the mere thought of getting out of bed or going to work or eating something feels burdensome. I have had moments where I have been so low that I have taken razor blades to my skin and had moments of suicidal ideation” 

Rae, your strength will inspire so many people going through what you are right now. You have such a good heart using your story to help others and that alone is strength in its self. You should be so proud of yourself.

Please can everyone give her blog, specifically this post and give it a read leaving some love on it to show some kindness towards her as she deserves it.

- Aimée Blogging For Profit


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