I will let Danielle introduce herself and the purpose of this blog in her own words:
“My name is Danielle. I am a 26 year old woman recovering from mental health issues and addiction, particularly borderline personality disorder, bipolar, alcoholism and sex & love addiction. It’s important for me to acknowledge all of my issues. Once I accepted and worked on addressing them all I finally began to feel real recovery and relief.
One thing that has been helpful for me in recovery is to think of my mental illness the same as a physical illness like heart disease. I often speak out on how mental illness shouldn’t be thought of as any different from physical illness as far as stigma goes. I have recently taken this concept to heart as far as recovery goes and am applying it to my daily life. Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness just like heart disease is a serious physical illness. If someone has heart disease the doctor will usually put them on medication but if they want to live a long happy life they will also have to make lifestyle changes. They might be unfamiliar, uncomfortable and something they have to consciously commit to everyday. That is how recovery from mental illness is for me. I am prescribed medications but if I want to have a “life worth living” I have to make a decision everyday to focus on my recovery. I am working to break out of my unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior that I have had my whole life.
I started having severe psychiatric symptoms when I was about 12 and I have been through a lot since then. I often suffered alone and in silence since I did not know that there was even a name for what I was experiencing. Now I use blogging/vlogging to help raise awareness about my conditions and to let other people know that they are not alone.
My goals in life are to support and help others recover from mental health issues and addiction. I also want to work towards ending the associated stigma so that people will not be ashamed to get help. A wise man once said and I strongly believe that “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” I know if I want to reach my goals I must start with myself. I must be solid on the recovery path and share my journey without shame.”