So, yesterday (25th June 2021) I visited the mental hospital, like I do every two months for review on how far I have got with dealing with bipolar depression.
“Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms can include an extremely elevated mood called mania. They can also include episodes of depression. Bipolar disorder is also known as bipolar disease or manic depression. People with bipolar disorder may have trouble managing everyday life tasks at school or work, or maintaining relationships. There’s no cure, but there are many treatment options available that can help to manage the symptoms.”Healthline
And boy have I come far. From a disillusioned suicidal person to a ……. Well, to just being me. Anyway, during that time friends gave me advice, most asking what went wrong and telling me to open up if I had something bothering me. So I decided to listen to them. I opened up to my brother and mum.
My brother disclaimed what I said calling it nonsense.
My brother disclaimed what I said calling it nonsense and my mum just kept quiet and has never mentioned it till date. So, I picked up the bricks of my crumbled walls and built them high up again I realised its just me and meds.
One year down the road and I still don’t fully know what depression is, but I do know what it isn’t. But I refuse to let it win. I wake up everyday ready to let the devil know that he may give me hell but I own the God dammed place.
And guys please stop the discrimination. People suffering from mental illness are not demon possessed. We just need a little love and gentle care.
By the way, someone tell the Ministry of Health that we need Risperidone in the mental sector. A lot of us can’t afford that one thousand shillings a day. And the patients in villages have no access to this medicine. As a result they keep relapsing and have to start all over again.
Elwor Adelaide, studied Industrial Arts at Makerere University Kampla and lives in Lira
These photos and text herein were posted onto her Facebook wall by Elwor Adelaide. We have edited the text a little bit – writing words in full and grammar – but otherwise the original message is exactly as Adelaide posted it. Through this post we, at CPAR Uganda, are simply assisting to amplify Adelaide’s voice. And so, we beg of you who read this, please share it to your platforms so that we may get Adelaide’s message through to the MINISTRY OF HEALTH; and to the wider public so as to advocated for us all to be COMPASSIONATE TOWARDS THOSE WITH MENTAL ILL-HEALTH. Thank you.