I’m Finally Out Of The Mental Illness Closet And I’ve Never Felt More Free

I’m Finally Out Of The Mental Illness Closet And I’ve Never Felt More Free

Living with a mental illness can be challenging, but sharing your story can help. That’s the message shared by Beth Beattie in today’s print issue of the Globe and Mail.

In a personal essay to the Globe, Beattie shares her experience living with a mental illness and how liberated she felt once she started to share her story with others. “An unexpected outcome of disclosing my mental illness is the relief I see on the faces of people to whom I speak. Nine times out of 10, they tell me about their own challenges or those of a friend or family member,” Beattie says.

Thanks to the efforts of Beth Beattie and her remarkable Bipolar Express cycling team, $27,905 was raised for the CMHA York Region/GTA Ride Don’t Hide, annual bike ride in support of mental health. Beth and her team were the top campaigners, raising 12 percent of the total dollars secured for the event. You can find out more about Beth’s story by reading today’s Globe and Mail Facts and Arguments section.

“I was 35 when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The difficulty I had with “losing my mind” wasn’t the fact that I was placed in four-point restraints, shot full of anti-psychotic medication and admitted to a psychiatric hospital. My real distress came from thinking people would find out.

I had a history of depression punctuated by brief periods of elevated moods. During the Christmas holidays nearly 15 years ago, my partner left me, seemingly without warning. I stopped sleeping and abandoned my medication. Over the course of a few days, my mood spiraled upward and I became floridly psychotic. I was convinced that my father was God and my nephew (who incidentally was born on Christmas Day three years earlier) was the Second Coming.”

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