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Dolce: Recovery From Bipolar Disorder, Age: 25

I didn't understand why I would have hyper days and then some days I would be down I always thought that I was a troubled kid.

How did it all start? When did you first start experiencing symptoms or using?

it all started when I was 11 I didn’t understand why I would have hyper days and then some days I would be down I always thought that I was a troubled kid and I was very misunderstood but all along I had a mental illness and I didn’t know it

What kind of help did you get at first? Did it work?

at first I was acting out and not behaving while I was in school then I went to in patient hospital they told me I had bipolar and depression

Were there any turning points where things really started to change for the better?

things didn’t start changing for the better till I felt comfortable with what I had and learned to understand it and that it is other people like me that are successful with this disorder and accepting it and who I am and that I’m unique and I don’t have issues that I cant handle

What’s your life like now? What have you been able to accomplish, and what are you working towards?

I have recently got my drivers license and gained my certification to become a Recovery Support Specialist work hard and got my GED and working on getting employed in that position and hopefully have my first car its going to be so surreal me by myself in my own car woow

What would you say to people who are having a tough time? What’s helped you that you wish you had known earlier

what helped and stuff people say when I have tough times is when I get depressed but I found a new way of picking myself up and that is with music