Searching for Brighter Days
Learning to Manage my Bipolar Brain
Growing up in a deprived area of North East England in the 1970s, alcoholism and violence played a huge role in Karen’s everyday family life. But things were only to become more difficult when, at the age of seventeen, she began her battle with anxiety and depression, an illness nobody recognized. Her reality became a devastating, deteriorating state of existence, and no one seemed to understand what was happening to her.
A number of harrowing, recurrent, and often bizarre episodes – including a phantom pregnancy, a nightclub assault, and an unhealthy obsession with a celebrity – eventually lead to Karen being sectioned under the mental health act and taken into hospital. It then took years and many more dramatic relapses before doctors would finally give her the correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder.