Living without medication

I want to share my story with you. In July 2018 I thought I could cope without medication, after being diagnosed in 2013. I thought if I came off it temporarily, I could lift myself out of my depression and control my mood. I could not have been more wrong.

I started to climb out of my depression, then entered a period of hypomania which quickly escalated into a full-blown manic episode that I could easily have never recovered from.

Things got so extreme that I was sectioned twice in two weeks. I will never forget the second time as I watched my parents crying as I was taken away by the police to the local Mental Health Unit.

I was discharged and with the support of my family, doctors and taking my medication I gradually started rebuilding my life.

Music has always been a massive form of therapy of mine and when I wrote ‘Impact’, I knew that I wanted to use my music as a platform to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and having the support of Bipolar UK has been a dream come true.

I now know that I must take medication for the rest of my life and I am finally ‘OK’ with that. For the first time in my life, I am not afraid to say I have bipolar. Bipolar UK are helping me now and will undoubtedly help me in the future so that is why I’m appealing to you to allow them to continue their life-saving work by donating here.  

Please watch my candid answers to questions posed by Bipolar UK and let me know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #WouldYou.

Your donation will help provide a range of services offering the support people need, when they need it. You can make sure there's someone at the end of the phone to listen, a nearby group to share lived experiences, a 24-hour peer forum and more.

Together, we can support the person behind the diagnosis of bipolar.