Never been better
68 Years Old
I am now a 68 years old lady.
I worked in a psychiatric hospital for over 10 years observing the patients who suffered various mental disorders.
Once a year I would hit a low and off to the doctor I would go.
After about 6 weeks with the aid of valium I would be back on track having no time off work. After all I couldn’t have a mental illness because I worked in that field and I was not like those people. I also had two daughters trained psychiatric nurses. I somehow was in denial and thought I could handle my health as I had done in the past.
After I retired from work I lost my husband quite suddenly and from then on I seemed to spiral downhill fast.
I moved to Queensland with my daughter and family. She worked in the private hospital in a small psychiatric unit. After much persuasion I went along and saw her boss who was the psychiatrist at the hospital.
At this time I would have been 61 years old. I had spiralled out of control, spending money, being very creative with artistic skills, unable to sleep etc. etc.
I have never be hospitalised. I have been on a small dose of Lithium since then and my mental health has never been better.
I had heard some negative opinions about Lithium but I can say it works for me with no so side effects. It has been around since after WWII and I am doing fine with the treatment.