My mental health issues began about 26 years. I was hospitalised for what was termed back in those days as “a nervous breakdown”. Work stress was my initial trigger. For the first day or two I was unable to speak. That was truly scary. I could hear, see and understand others but my only means of conversing was via writing.
I was basically “off with the fairies” caught in some sort of mental blockage.
It felt like my mind was full. I was unable to take in any more information. My brain felt overloaded. I was totally exhausted, with body aches and pains.
I had what is called a psychosis which I will discuss further another day. Seeing things, hearing things – I had lost the plot completely.
I went incorrectly diagnosed and medicated for 15 years before being finally told I had bipolar and quickly medicated correctly and finally on the road to recovery and knowing what was wrong with me was the battle half won already.
Not before being hospitalised on about 4 occasions during that time. Life was tough.