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I spent the majority of 2015 in and out of psychiatric hospitals, detox facilities, and eventually in a 28-day inpatient treatment facility. How could someone who was always top of her class, worked her way up the corporate ladder, making 6-figures at the age of 25, then worked her tail off to qualify for and then finish 69th at the US Olympic Marathon Trials, find herself hopelessly depressed and wanting to end her life? Turning to alcohol and eventually becoming so dependent on it that she couldn't go more than a couple of hours without it? So dependent that I was willing to do anything for the next bottle, and that mattered more to me than my husband, daughter, safety, or health.
I am so thankful to have had so many around me that pushed me to seek help when I didn't want it. I have been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, which I've likely had my entire life, helping me to achieve, but the highs and lows became very evident with the hormone swings after the birth of my daughter.
I thought my prior successes made me immune from mental health. Truth is, though, mental illness doesn't discriminate! It's also nothing to be ashamed with. If you have mental health issues, you have a choice: be consumed by them, or manage their symptoms. Reach out! Let's Break The Stigma around mental illness! I am always available to talk about my struggles - email me at nichole (dot) porath (at) gmail.com.