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Your are not alone in this fight

Spread the word! “You are not alone in this fight” when it comes to mental illness.

Our goal is to raise $300,000 by Dec. 31, 2012. Your donations help NAMI provide free education and support programs, publish reports and provide resources for people in need.

This year we’re asking you to share your story to inspire hope and break down stigma everywhere.

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Katie's Story

Growing up I was bubbly and outgoing. I grew up in a wonderful family. In high school I got good grades and was active in sports. I went on to college, joined a sorority, and had a big group of friends. Despite all that, my time at college was a tough time for me. Anxiety consumed me. I was nervous all the time in classes that a professor would call on me. If I was late to class, I would not go because everyone would stare at me. I also had very bad tremors and sometimes would have friends to write checks for me. Throughout all that I did manage to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

After graduation I moved out on my own. I was an independent woman with a full time job, a big social life, and lots of friends. I was doing great but after about 2 years my life started to fall apart. I was crying and sad all the time. I lost interest in a lot of the things I used to enjoy. I was losing hope. I started drinking almost every day to cope. I can remember as far back as junior high that I had bouts of depression but I always got over it. This time was different. I could not get over it. After an attempted suicide I started seeing a psychiatrist and diagnosed with major depression and anxiety and put on medication and started seeing a therapist. It was not helping and I was not getting better. I reached one of my lowest points when I ended up in the hospital after my sister found me unconscious in her garage from an overdose and carbon monoxide poisoning.

I went on to move in with my wonderful parents. I still could not get better. I was in and out of hospitals. I remember I would just lay on the couch all day and do nothing not even watch tv. I had no desire to see or talk to family or friends. I remember at one point thinking how nice it would be to have a vacation from myself because sometimes my mind was just going a mile a minute. All I wanted to do was go to sleep and never wake up!!!

It was during one of my many hospital stays. I got an accurate diagnosis of Bipolar 2 disorder. I went on a mood stabilizer and got better. It has been six years now since being diagnosed.  I finally feel stable enough to go out and look for a full time job again in the mental health field. I want to help others like me reach the recovery stage. I now serve on a mental health board for my area, am a co-facilitator for a woman’s support group, and volunteer at my local NAMI. It has been a very long hard battle.  I now know that this will be an ongoing battle but it certainly helps to know I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS FIGHT.


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