I was 15 years old when I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was locked in a psychiatric hospital and felt hopeless. I went from having achieved much success, had many friends and a high level of confidence. When I was diagnosed it was a shock to be told I would live forever with a mental illness. I battled my diagnosis and did whatever I could to make it all go away.
In the next two years, I was in and out of five psychiatric hospitals. I had lost my ability to go to school, most of my friendships and my self esteem. I began to ask God to help me. I knew that living forever in a hospital or group home was not my goal. I began to find life improved when I started to accept that I need help.
I found a fantastic therapist and psychiatrist. I worked hard to listen to their advice and slowly rebuild. I began to go back to school and finished high school. I then went to college and was able to finish. After living in Manhattan during September 11, 2001 I was encouraged to get my Masters Degree in Social Work.
In the 20 years since being diagnosed life has changed. I met my wife and will celebrate my ten year wedding anniversary this year. I also have a beautiful 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son. I’ve written five published books teaching others about mental health. I’ve also done coaching with clients from all over the world. I have spoken to over 1,000,000 others at schools, organizations, in the media and online.
My biggest mess became my message. I educate each day on this website to help others who face these severe situations. We are never alone and if I could rebuild my life so can you. It is never easy to face such a large and hard battle. You have the ability to make positive changes and rebuild your life. Thank you for taking the time to read this website. Each day we offer new articles to inspire and help others who face these issues. Please know we can grow stronger, healthier and most importantly enjoy our lives.