I recently became a contributor for The Bipolar Writer Blog and published my first contributor post (Yay me!), so in case anybody was wondering “Who’s that random lady and why should I care?”, I decided to drop in with a quick intro to answer exactly that!
First of all, my name is Connie and I’m a freelance writer, blogger, and all around genuine weirdo. I grew up in a small town in Texas and I’ve struggled with mental illness for most of my life. As a teenager suffering from depression in a small town, I didn’t really understand what was happening or why and I didn’t have the resources to find out. Mental health wasn’t something we ever really talked about and I didn’t have access to the glorious wide web until I was almost through high school (it was dial-up, it took ten years to connect to anything, and it was beautiful). I also grew up poor, so there weren’t a lot of trips to doctors unless it was absolutely life-threateningly necessary. Because of that, the majority of my education, diagnoses, and help didn’t come until I was a full-blown adult. I’m still learning and growing every day and figuring out how to best cope with and manage my illnesses (I have severe chronic depression and anxiety), but I’ve come leaps and bounds from where I was 15 years ago.
Learning about mental illness and having experienced it first hand have inspired me to be as much of an advocate as I possibly can in hopes that I can help people who, like I did, lack the resources and information they should have to get the help that they need. Part of that includes sharing my story with the world and letting people know that they are not alone and that there is help out there. That’s what drew me to this blog. If I can contribute for even a short while and help someone learn about mental illness, or find or accept help that they need, then it will be worth every second.
That being said, this blog has spawned a wonderful community of people who have experience with mental illness, so I encourage you to comment and share some of that with me. I also have a personal blog here on WordPress, so feel free to follow me there or on Twitter and reach out to me if you have any other questions or need support that you don’t feel like you have elsewhere.