I am a woman searching for the light at the end of the tunnel that is mental illness. I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder & Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 1994 and Borderline Personality Disorder in 2011. Since that time, worldly success has been fleeting, friends have been lost, and I have been living in a world of never-ending complication and frustration. (Update, August 2013: this is much too negative for where I am in my recovery at the moment. So, I’ll revise…)
While success has often been fleeting, friends have moved on (or I have had to move on from them), and the world has been complicated, I find more and more life to celebrate, goals to set & work on, and satisfaction in ending a complicated day with a good mood intact.
I hope that by sharing my experience, you may find courage to tackle your own personal issue (it certainly does not have to be a mental illness!), develop the virtue to reach out to others, and discover that information is empowering when understood and used.