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What has my mental illness taught me about life?

Suzanne Dang

Not all medications that are trialled will work the very first time of trying. There are many trials and errors. The right combination of medications will come with time. Not all friendships and relationships will work out – there will be fallouts. The ones who truly care about you will stay. They are the key people in your life – who encourage you, bring the best out of you, and accept you for who you are. Telling your story gets easier to share better; you are not stigmatised by mental health and mental health issues.

True love happens when you’re fully in love with yourself

When you’re fully working on yourself and love and accept you for who you are, that right person will come into your life. And this is what happened to you in your current romantic relationship. He came in your life when you been working on yourself first, and he came in to add to this relationship. You learnt that not all men are good, and those men wanted to take advantage of you in many ways. You walked into relationships where you wanted a man to fill that void in your life – but no, that was a wrong mistake, and you learned that the hard way.

Telling your mental health story becomes easier to share

At first, you were stigmatised by your story; you felt your story wasn’t ‘good enough,’ and some people have it worst than you. But as time passes, you learnt that you are a beautiful, unique, and an important person in your life. You stand for positive mental health and want to continue breaking the mental health stigmas confidently and honestly.

One quality friendship is always better than 600 Facebook friends

Having a mental health illness, not everyone will stay and ‘get’ you in life. It’s always better to have one or two quality friendships where they walk alongside in your most vulnerable states and journey. It’s much better than having 600 superficial friendships. Will everyone be there for you when you’re in the dark moments? Will they understand? Or will they tell you to “snap out of it”? No – you don’t want superficial friendships – to say the least, having Bipolar has helped you weed out the fake friends too. You know who is there for you when you need it most.

About the Author

Suzanne Dang
Suzanne Dang

After being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I, Suzanne Dang has reached a point where she wants to give back to the community through her own advocacy efforts to be a positive role model and voice to those struggling with mental health issues. Suzanne crushes the stereotypes and taboos by speaking openly, honestly, and confidently about her experiences.