Life is Just Rosy: Beginning Social Media Activism
What Mental Illness Do You Have?
Type II Bipolar
When were you diagnosed?
After a misdiagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder when I was 15, I finally received a Bipolar Diagnosis last year, aged 24.
What therapy/medication options do you use and what made you choose those?
I talk to a psychologist semi-regularly. More so when I am in periods of low mood. I also take Quetiapine (also known as Seroquel) daily, an atypical antipsychotic, used as a mood stabiliser.
When did you start your account?
My Instagram has been started in the last few months and began to promote my blog, also in it’s infancy.
In one sentence describe your account.
Mental health ramblings alongside thoughts of fitness and food, a blog devoted to my methods of dealing with madness.
What do you hope your account achieves?
My blog aims to reach and support people suffering with mental illness. I write honest accounts of my experiences living with bipolar, in the hope that my openness will enable others to feel less alone. I also aim to use my blog as a platform for non-sufferers to gain insight into life with a mood disorder. Using candid tales, I aim to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly of mental illness, challenging stigma with authenticity and often humour.
How does your account help you and your coping with mental illness? How does it help others?
I never imagined that blogging would take up the cathartic role it now plays in my life. By narrating past experiences, I can now acknowledge how I’ve grown from them. Every spell of sickness put down on paper has enabled me to learn something more about myself. Writing allows me to channel creativity, to add humour to past events. This process removes dark shadows cast over old memories. My writing has unearthed deep-rooted negativity, and become a tool to promote positivity. Feedback from the few posts I have publicised has been overwhelming and highly motivational. I hope to continue enabling people to talk about the challenges they face living with mental illness.
What is the community online like for those with mental illness social media accounts:
The online community continues to grow and there is an incredible sense of support amongst all accounts that aim to promote wellness. Sadly, accounts that romanticise the darker side of mental illness still have a protruding appearance on the gram. They can be both triggering and promote self-harm. I hope over time, a continuous campaign of the benefits of seeking help, might reduce the negativity that can currently be found.
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