Living with a Brain Disorder: Nicole, 26-30, Bipolar & PTSD




Living_Brain_Disorder2.jpgInterviewee: Nicole, age 26-30, from Washington was diagnosed with “Bipolar 2 Disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)”.

I became depressed many years ago when I was 21 years old. It started after I had flashbacks to my childhood where it began to show me I was molested by someone. For a couple of years I ignored it all. I began sleeping all day and felt very bad about myself. Now I have so much build up in me I xlpode into a crying rage and I cant concentrate on anything. Everything I see makes me cry then i am ok for a few hours then it starts all over again. I have been diagnosed now as if yestarday and I am having a hard time understanding any of this. I am seeing a Psychologist.

Yes….I can’t function in anything i do. I dont trust what people tell me,my mind keeps thinking about everything over and over again and i feel like my life is falling apart.

I hope my therapist will help me get better so my family doesn’t suffer.

For the full interview, please visit the project page.

The GNIF Brain Blogger Living with a Brain Disorder series of excerpted interviews aims to provide unedited insight into the often mysterious minds of brain disorder patients by publishing interviews and professional commentary with afflicted individuals of mental health and neurological or “brain” disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, developmental disabilities, Parkinson’s, and schizophrenia). The project will encompass the world spectrum of afflicted individuals to identify socio-geographical etiologies, impact of stigmatization, access of medical and mental health information and treatment options, and other features of health promotion.

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, is a board-certified neurologist, pain medicine specialist, medical educator, and executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.
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