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I ended up being admitted to a psychiatric hospital where I received the    correct medication and treatment until I was well enough to be   discharged.

I have now accepted I have to be more careful in order to stay well and    prevent relapsing. I have identified the triggers that led to my episode   (such as alcohol and lack of sleep) and have learnt to avoid them. I also   regularly see my Community Psychiatric Nurse and Psychologist who   help monitor my mood.

I thought everything would have changed and I would be treated   differently by my family and friends after this episode. Instead, I was   surprised how much support and understanding I received from them.

This has taught me that there is nothing to be ashamed of about having a mental illness despite the stigma that is commonly attached to it. It’s better to reach out and get the help you need rather than suffer in silence.  

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