Victoria's story: family love

Having only recently being diagnosed with bipolar (I had depression and anxiety since childhood but up until recently never bipolar) it has been somewhat of a scary ride to say the least!

Even growing up with an alcoholic, bipolar father, I did not recognise the same symptoms in myself. However, what helps me to deal with this illness each day are the loving relationships I have with my amazing family and friends. 

My loving husband, children, sister, mother and wider family are amazing at helping me through. The love, support, care and belief they have for me makes coping with this debilitating illness seem achievable as I know that when times are tough I can rely on them to keep me grounded and know that I am not alone. 

Researching the illness and forging new relationships with others affected by bipolar has also made me realise that I’m not 'cracking up' and I’m not alone in how I feel. My husband has recently been diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder but thankfully I recognised the symptoms in him and was able to get him professional help early on. We are now supporting each other through our journey and it has made us even stronger than before. 

I still function perfectly well each day and work full time and I am able to be a good mother and wife throughout. If I have a bad day I just remember that tomorrow will be better and keep a positive mental attitude a remind myself of everything I am thankful for in my life.

Good relationships are vital to coping well with mental health problems and nobody should be expected to deal with them alone. I don’t think I could cope as well as I have without the strong support network I have around me and for that I am truly humbled and grateful.

Thank you to each and every one of you who is there for me. I love you all.