March 2008 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A lifetimeof ups and downs was suddenly explained. After the diagnosis I fell apart. Idid not know who I was or if I could ever be normal. My first hospital stay was14 days long. I learned things during those two weeks that changed my lifeforever.
Her name was Susan. A shell of a person. Talked to no oneand no one reached out to her. One day I asked her to play yahtzee. She decidedit would be safe enough. After a little bit of time she opened up and told meher story. Multiple degrees and languages, beautiful little boy, and so muchmore. Anyone else in the world with this resume would be viewed as amazing.Susan however was discarded, thrown out, told to never come back, sellingherself to buy the drugs to quiet her mind. At the end of our game she smiledand said thank you. My eyes still fill up today. I will never forget her.
Since then I vowed to take everything I have learned andbeen given to help those with mood disorders.
One week ago I launched www.moodyminds.com. The web site isfilled with knowledge, tools to help manage broken lives, a place for supportpeople to be proactive in the lives that they care so much for.
Since then I have been asked to speak at a NAMI gathering,received amazing comments from users, and just been blessed by the lives we aretouching so far.
Please take a look. Pass it on. Help me achieve my goal oftouching 100,000 lives.
1 out of every 4 adults in the United States deals with amood disorder; Depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, Generalized AnxietyDisorder and many others.
In 2006 there was roughly twice the amount of suicidescompared to homicides. We cannot look past this any longer.
One last note. I have spent much of the last two yearspretty angry about everything. I have come to peace about what I have beenthrough. I have forgiven and loved again. I realized that I had to lose it all;company, car, family, home, even my wife to be able to empathize with thepeople my heart beats for now.