Well, that’s a tough one. First, I go by Sara. Before I really get into what you can expect from this blog I do want to list my credentials. I think it’s important because it will support some of what I say. I’m currently a Registered Behavior Technician and I practice ABA therapy with children. I’m working on certification to become a board certified behavior analyst. I also received a bachelors in psychology and I’m attending graduate school for a master’s in mental health counseling. My end goal is to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology.
Now, I’ve always struggled with emotional and mental hardships. I experienced things as a child that most children never experience; I know that’s pretty cliche, but it’s true. Recently though, things have been more difficult for me than what I am used to and I decided to seek help. I started with just seeing a mental health counselor, but together we made the decision for me to seek medical treatment with a psychiatrist. That journey in itself is a long story, but after seeing 3 different clinicians, I finally came across a psychiatrist who I felt listened to me and attempted to find a solution. That solution though came with a terrifying truth. I sat on that red and gold stripped couch across from the psychiatrist and heard the words “I believe you’re on the Bipolar Disorder spectrum.” I now had a shocking realization to deal with. I decided to start this blog, not only for myself, but maybe to help others in understanding what it’s like for someone struggling with a mental illness and to aid in spreading awareness. My ultimate goal though is to encourage others to not be afraid to share their stories, and to assist in the formulation of coping strategies. Medication can definitely help an array of disorders, but learning how to cope with the triggers and the intense feelings associated with the disorder is imperative.