I’m Good Because I Own My Mental Illness

841194_477326438970474_1262138919_oAuthor and blogger Tanya J. Peterson

Like many of the millions of people living with mental illness, I haven’t always been good. My most “ungood” period involved five stays in a behavioral health hospital over the course of a couple years. I was admitted for the first time because of a plummeting ability to function in daily life. It was a result of a traumatic brain injury sustained in a car accident, or so I believed. Early on, I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. But that was wrong, I said. I had a brain injury, not mental illness. 

Read the rest of this post on Tanya’s blog.

Tanya J. Peterson is the author of Leave of Absence. Listen to her interview with Mental Health & Wellness Radio. Her new book My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel will be out soon. 

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