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Every patient has a story.

The "I'm Not Average" campaign features fellow Americans whose lives have been impacted by treatments and cures for debilitating, chronic, or rare diseases.

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I'm Not Average: Judith V.

Condition:
Bipolar I Disorder


Age:
61


Location:
Niantic, Connecticut



On August 27, 1987, three months after the birth of my third son, I was admitted onto a psychiatric unit for depression. I was exhausted, crying constantly, afraid to be alone, and had lost weight. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to take care of my children.

When my initial treatment wasn't working, I was admitted to another hospital and was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder brought on by Postpartum Depression. With a new treatment, I was able to go home after a couple of weeks.

Recovery was slow and steady, but by the time my baby reached his first birthday, I felt so grateful that I was well, I wrote a letter to the editor of a local newspaper detailing my struggle. The editor was so impressed with the letter that he made it into an article, and I was given a byline. I started a support group for others going through Postpartum Depression after feeling a strong pull to help others in similar situations.

What I want others to know is that with the help of antidepressant & mood stabilizer medications, I have been able to live life to the fullest for the past 29 years. I raised three happy, healthy sons, worked part time as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and was married for 31 years. To this day, medication allows me to live a normal and productive life. I enjoy photography, caring for seniors as a nurse, and spending time with family and friends. Without medication, none of this would be possible, and for that I am forever grateful.

Condition:
Bipolar I Disorder


Age:
61


Location:
Niantic, Connecticut

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