Allison's Story (1 minutes, 10 seconds)
When I was a sophomore at
Auburn University, I started
experiencing unbelievable feelings of depression. I felt alone. I felt withdrawn. I felt that I
could not explain this to anyone. After attempting suicide, my parents reached out for me, and got
the help that I could not at the time get for myself. And after being released from the hospital
and diagnosed as Manic Depressive or Bi-Polar Disorder, I started to try to find out more about my
illness. Educating myself was the most empowering tool for me in terms of speeding my recovery along.
I later reached out to recovery groups after going through therapy and it really has empowered me
to help others. In the consumer movement, I feel that is the biggest tool that I have to give back
to others through my experience is helping others to not feel alone. I think that- that is very,
very, very important.