My name is Elijah Bland and I am a professional artist, LIVING with bipolar disorder.
Check out my blog on my personal recovery from Schizophrenia: http://mypersonalrecoveryfromschizophrenia.wordpress.com/
My child was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the young age of 7 years old. Our lives had changed significantly since he was born. We had another child before him and knew what was considered normal development and behavior, but my new son was different from the start. He rarely wanted to be held….
With a Master’s Degree in Business (MBA), and more than 25 years of working as an accomplished consultant in the Information Technology field, Billy was considered a successful professional, providing well for his three children, while working for the Federal government at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. It was a surprise to his family members and co-workers when they found out he was affected by a long lasting manic bipolar episode which left him unable to think properly, and in a downward spiral that led to the loss of his job and income.
Next came the loss of the health-care coverage for himself and his children, and consequently the loss of the ability to procure proper clinical help, counseling, and the medications he needed to help stabilize this manic bipolar episode.
Without the mental capability to provide support for even himself, he was unable to support or have custody of his three children, which contributed significantly to his downward spiral.
Each of us has a purpose we where born for… Some of us are different, not less than.
I break the bondage that holds me back. I walk through the fire of inequality. I turn to you and say, one day, one beautiful day, the sky will open up. Everything you are afraid of will come crashing down. It…