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July 14, 2013
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July 14, 2013
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It amazes me that the internet has so completely changed the atmosphere of being able to be open about mental health issues. I have been a frequent communicator on the International Bipolar Foundation site and it has been good to be open about my personal struggle with depressions. At one time I did not feel comfortable sharing about this issue, but everything has changed. I do know that my instructors at Drake University knew, during my graduate work, but the ADA is a support for those with disabilities both in employment and in schooling. The problem I felt was that I was afraid that if I was honest about my mental health challenges that I would not be considered for employment in the social services positions I held for some twenty years. Despite these issues I held very responsible positions such as a Case Manager and House Parent for disabled vulnerable adults. It was my pleasure to work, in fact I was a "workaholic"! Now after a decade of disability my health has returned to me and I have "found my voice" as it were. I know that what I have to speak about or write about may be helpful for those who struggle with mental health issues. I have walked through that same valley. At times I did not even know if I could see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Now I have come out the other side! I want to let others know that there is the possibility for health. As a vocational rehab. counselor I cannot keep silent about these issues. Someone out there may be helped by what I have to share. Thank you for International Bipolar International because I could not continue to "hide in the closet" as it were, because in a counseling session with my wonderful counselor he asked me directly, "Well you are willing to write and study about FMS (fibromyalgia) why not your Bipolar issues as WELL?" It really made me think, and I decided that I could no longer deny this part of my past. I do mean PAST because I have been able to control my bodies' bent for the rollercoaster life of bipolar illness. I am not saying I am at a one hundred percent, but once I was only at 20%. Now I can do much of what I want to when I want to. I have so much joy about what has happened to me, health wise, that I want to "get up on my soap box" and tell the whole world. Well I know that the WWW reaches all around the world. Since this is an International organization, I say BRAVO for advocating for all of us with mental health challenges!! Thank you and I would submit this with all due respect, Debra J. Kelly Greene MS Edu (A vocational rehabilitation counselor that has walked in their shoes and now wants to dance in them!!) Thanks again, djkgc

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There would be nothing that I would change, I am thankful for this organization that advocates for this disability. djkgc

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