Hey, Nerdy Peeps! Here is the first interview for the new series called, Mental Health Interviews, We All Have a Story. This will be a series of 6 questions to get to know the people behind their mental health journies. Also, if the interviewees have a blog, I will feature their links so you can find them.
Mental Health Interview with Ami May
- What is your mental health issue?
- I have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) also known as Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), Depression & Anxiety.
- When were you diagnosed?
- I was diagnosed when I was 18 (2011) after a short stay in the psychiatric ward at the hospital.
- Do your family and friends know?
- Yes, my mum and I were fighting with the doctors for years, I eventually got into Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) which focused on family therapy which was fine except my father didn’t come so it was pretty pointless. Anyway, my mum has always been my main support, she was and still is the one that keeps my head above water, supported me and always been there no matter what. My boyfriend got with me 6 months before I was diagnosed and we have learned together how to cope with my mental health and be supportive. I don’t have real-life friends, I have few online friends which I’m quite happy with.
- Has your mental health issue stopped you from doing anything?
- I dropped out of college due to my mental health worsening, I then went onto job seekers allowance (JSA) then onto Employment Support Allowance (ESA) & Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as I am unable to work. I wouldn’t cope with the stress, I am not good in any social situation. I rarely leave the house at all and only a couple of times a week with my career or someone else. I guess it ruined my dream of becoming a social worker or supporting child and adults with learning difficulties. But, it has led me to my new and old love of books, English literature, writing etc. I want to become an author one day and help people through my books/novels.
- What helps you the most to fight your mental health issue?
- First and for most, my mum definitely. She is always there to pick me up when I fall, When I’m not thinking straight she is there to correct me when I need the brutally honest truth she is right there. The reason I am as strong as I can be is that I’ve had my mum to look up too. I have to mention my little brother who was born when I was 14, he is the light of my life. He looks up to me so I have to appear strong, brave and keep on fighting for him. And finally my Dad (stepdad) and my other half Jake of 6 years. And finally BOOKS, BOOKS and more BOOKS. It allows me to escape reality, travel to new places, it helps me cope by distracting me. Books are a coping strategy on paper.
- What is your advice for anyone else struggling with a mental illness?
- Never give up. I know life is shite and no matter how dark that black hole is, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Make sure you have a good support network, talk to them; if you can attend all your psychiatrist appointments and just work with them. Don’t listen to those who say that medication doesn’t fix you, they are right but they’re not supposed to completely fix you. They are there as a helping strategy; it may take you a while to find the right mix but keep on going. Any help is good help, right?
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Ami also gave me some of her favorite quotes! So, I am going to share them with you because they are perfect! (Her links will be attached to the quote graphics!)
Ami’s Favorite Quotes
If you want to be interviewed and be featured? Please let me know in the comments, and we will get together!
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