My name is Krista Kimbrell, 39 years old. I have been plagued with bipolar type two and am desperately searching out alternative treatments to alleviate the unbearable pain of being a prisoner of my own mind. Conventional treatments (psychiatrists and medications) have utterly failed me. I will be experimenting with spiritual self-treatment (attending church) and write about the results as I go. In addition, 12 step meetings will be re-visited. It is a possibility I will use a counselor as an add-on to the rest of what I am attempting. I hope this works because I have no insurance, and I am running out of options. I know that being at home and isolated from the world is not aiding my well being. It is disappointing that I did not attempt the spiritual avenue first. If I have any long-term, sustainable improvement then maybe others can dare to hope with me as well. I am aware that this is not the preferred method of treatment in the mental health community, but I also know people with mental illness have to do what they have to do. Attempting this method will be very difficult for me because I have generalized anxiety disorder and being around people is not my strong suit. Growth and recovery in any form are painful, but other people will be of the utmost necessity if I am to have any success in treating bipolar. If this idea is to work, I will also have to find ways to overcome trust issues. Other sufferers may have sugguestions or feedback that can be implemented into my experiment, and I hope ideas are offered. Church will be attended on Sunday, in addition, the 12 step program is Monday. My next blog about this will be posted on Wednesday. Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel has always been God.
As an uninsured 39-year-old mental illness sufferer, I have to find routes other than medication/psychiatry to sanity. For me, medications do not work and psychiatrists have a God complex. I am dually diagnosed like so many others with bipolar. I am in recovery from alcohol and opiate abuse (pain pills), and am in and out of 12 step meetings. I am a married, mom of 4 children from 21 years old to 2 years old. My interest is in mental health blogging, specifically, the problems and solutions I have found in my life experience with bipolar type two and generalized anxiety disorder. I hope to learn and teach through this experience and to build a supportive community. I will write about ideas and experiments, thoughts, success, and failure. View all posts by kristakimbrell1