It might sound ridiculous to think about how animals can be the only ones who truly understand mental health disorders. But I'm beginning to think its true. I suffer from psychosis-related bipolar 2 disorder, along with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Anxiety seems to be the most common mental health problem today, so when it comes to dealing with help for that I have a few people in my life who can at the very least relate to my struggle. However, my bipolar disorder is completely foreign to most in my life. There are a couple people in my family who also suffer from bipolar disorder, but one is undiagnosed and the other two are bipolar 1 and are much much older then myself. So, really, no one has the same disorder as myself.
This story begins when I decided I wanted to add a special needs cat to my family of two cats, unborn child and myself.