Over the past few days I, like many other Patch readers, have followed the story of the accident involving a bicycling doctor and a mentally ill motorist. I was intrigued by the comments of the person involved in the incident and by the readers so I wanted to give a personal example of someone who is going through mental illness himself.
Ever since I can remember I have suffered with anxiety and depression and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a number of years ago. This has affected everything and everyone in my life in negative ways. I have been hospitalized twice for contemplating suicide, I have no career or job, and am trying to hang on to what is left of my family (I no longer have any friends).
Many people believe that the government or a charitable organization will help those who genuinely want to get their lives back and want to make a fresh start. I have not found that to be the case in my life. I have talked to many wonderful people who make it their vocation to help people like me but they could not. The main reason they could not help me is because I have private health insurance and I am not on any form of government assistance.
I do not want anyone to feel bad for me. I have met some of the best doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists through my insurance plan and am happy to report that I am stable, happy, and trying to do my best to get some form of employment (I have not worked in two years). I also have a beautiful daughter who I get to take care of all day every day!
I am happy for those mentally ill persons who get training and assistance, for we all need a chance to prove ourselves as useful to society. The person in the story is reportedly getting some help and I also applaud him for his sobriety. I am also extremely thankful that the doctor was able to basically walk away from this with only minor injuries.