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Well, my name is Kristina. I'm 25, and I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 18. I live in California with my dad, his wife, and my baby girl Kaitlin. I have been through more medications and therapists than I thought could exist, and have lost all hope that my family would come to understand me. My intentions when I joined this site was simply to find people who could relate to me in a way that my friends and family cannot. I write stories and poetry as a way to vent, and I dream someday of getting published. I have come to realize that if I do not find a way to overcome the effects of this disease my dream will always be out of reach. I attend college and have settled into something of a routine, which is a far cry from my years of courtrooms, jails, and homeless shelters. I felt for many years that I suffered alone, that I was something dark and subhuman because I had little or no control over the compulsions that constantly plagued my mind. After chatting for a few moments on this site, I found that I was not the only one that lived with those false beliefs. I hope now to not only find the companionship I know is missing in my life, but to be a companion and a life line for other lost and searching souls.
I have one tattoo, the Cambodian symbol for chaos, on my right leg. It represents not only the effects of my disease, but also my resolve to rise above it.