If you live with depression or bipolar, do you remember your first experiences with symptoms? How did you feel? Alone? Confused? Ashamed?
What about the challenges you overcame? Whether setting up your first therapy appointment, finding a support group, working through a hospital stay, or opening up to a loved one about what you were experiencing, you have faced and overcome several challenges — big and small — along your wellness journey.
I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self is a blog and podcast series created to share the experiences of young adults who live with depression or bipolar. Each new episode features a young adult reading a letter to a younger version of themselves detailing their first brush with depression or bipolar. The series spotlights that when we take time to reflect on our experiences and circumstances we often find, with overwhelming proof, the strength we have shown during some of our greatest challenges.
Learn more about I'm Living Proof and submit your own story: https://www.dbsalliance.org/programs-im-living-proof/
I'm Living Proof: Bipolar Does Not Define Me
In this episode of I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Young Self, we hear from Lauren, a DBSA Young Adult Council member. She describes her first experience with hypomania, the intensity of feelings it brought, and its impact on her relationships. She also discusses her experiences with establishing treatment and difficulties with insurance, challenges she was ultimately able to navigate. Lauren’s letter reminds us that you can learn to live successfully with bipolar and not be defined by it.
https://www.dbsalliance.org/programs-im-living-proof/im-living-proof-lauren/ (Read Lauren's Letter)
https://www.dbsalliance.org/education/bipolar-disorder/ (Learn more about Bipolar)
https://www.dbsalliance.org/about/young-adult-council/ (Check out the DBSA Young Adult Council)
https://secure.everyaction.com/xBpsJJ7nt0a1iD9FC0EH3Q2 (Support DBSA)
I'm Living Proof: Wellness Is Trending Upwards
In our first episode of I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, we hear from Olivia, DBSA Young Adult Council member. Olivia’s letter to her younger self describes the challenges she had in confiding in others and asking for help. Olivia describes her journey towards wellness from hospitalization to her work with DBSA support groups. Her letter reminds us the path to wellness is not always a straight line but rather one that it is trending upwards.
DBSA Support Groups
DBSA offers support groups across the United States. Find out more about DBSA support groups https://www.dbsalliance.org/support/chapters-and-support-groups/online-support-groups/ (here).
DBSA Young Adult Council
The DBSA Young Adult Council is a group of young adults (ages 18-30) who advise DBSA and create their own content to share with other young adults living with mood disorders. Find out more about the DBSA Young Adult Council (YAC) https://www.dbsalliance.org/about/young-adult-council/ (here).
Introducing I'm Living Proof: A letter to My Younger Self
If you live with depression or bipolar, when things are at their worst it can feel like things will never get better. It may be when you are first diagnosed or during a difficult event, or for no particular reason that you can pinpoint at all.
What we do know is that these times do pass, and that you are not alone. In fact, when we take time to reflect on our experiences and circumstances, we often find, with overwhelming proof, the strength we have shown during some of our greatest challenges.
DBSA’s blog and podcast series, I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, shares inspiring stories of young adult peers who are living proof that they can overcome even the most difficult times.Learn more about I'm Living proof and submit your story: https://www.dbsalliance.org/programs-im-living-proof/
Listen to the first episode on May 1, 2021