I have already dealt with what mental illness isn’t. In this post I will write about what the onset of my mental illness was like.
I was officially diagnosed with major depression and paranoid schizophrenia at the age of twenty. Yet I started noticing problems at age seventeen. The onset of these problems were so gradual that my friends noticed something wasn’t right before I did. I still remember after a biology class in high school when we were discussing the symptoms for bipolar disorder, a friend came up to me and said that those symptoms described me pretty well. I really didn’t have much of an idea of what she was talking about as I thought all teenagers were moody, flighty, and angst ridden. I just didn’t realize how bad I had become until this friend mentioned this.
Even though I have always enjoyed my personal alone time I…
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