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Tracy Fitzpatrick

Independent Representative, AVON

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Mental illness is a horrible thing to live with, yet it can be a blessing.

I get sometimes get angry that I have to live with bipolar disorder, but am blessed that I have the opportunity to work with a wonderful psychologist every week and an amazing and understanding psychiatrist every month to cope and deal with it and be stable and productive. I still have bouts of depression and mania, but we keep them controlled. Also, I have the most phenomenal partner that keeps things in check and is not afraid to confront me and/or contact my care providers to help me get stable again. i am in the middle of a bitter divorce and custody battle, which doesn't help my situation....but it will all be okay in the end.....i know it will. Compassion is what the mentally ill need, and a great support system. I would not have made it this far without my great friends and doctors. Being mentally ill is, overall, a blessing, but it can be a nightmare, too.


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  • Aug 28 2012: Hi Tracy

    When I was 19 I was a carer for a partner with mental illness, I was too young for this and it was draining and detrimental to my own mental health and life goals. University was put on hold, friendships were sacrificed and I ended up resenting my partner for not bringing to the table what a life partner should.

    I now have a policy of surrounding myself with people that only contribute to my life, as I do for them in return.

    You are very lucky to have a partner who is understanding, however I do not believe that adult relationships can be based on such asymmetrical needs.

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