The Journey Toward Recovery from Depression and Bipolar Disorder Video

In this medical health video Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) community members share their stories and discuss how treatment, medications and support have helped them cope and recover.
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The Road To Recovery: Carroll Young: I was given treatment unvoluntarily. I reported police that, there was a fire, of course there wasn't. And I think that I have to give a police credit, they could see that there was something missing there and so that's and so they took me to the right to the hospital. Thomas Johnson: I hadn't changed my life a lot. I have to -- I'd seeking early retirement in '94 at 49, that was a my 31 years of work, and that was a question below. Carroll Young: I was very resistant to medical therapy using prescriptions and I asked my dad said, dad I really don't want take any medicine. He said, well, I think you should take it, if it helps you deal a life better, I think you should take. Thomas Johnson: The word for me as it adherents, adhere simply to what my doctor has told me and taking my medication and even though it was hard making changes in my lifestyle. Sonia Denice Harris: One of the main things that I do to try to maintain the illness as far as depression is concerned is I exercise, and that's something that I wasn't motivated at first to do but something about exercise is helps me overcome that down feeling of depression. Thomas Johnson: Another question were, it's not - it has been - this is my confer and now it's been very gratifying many other people. I know that I have left over with my brothers and father, they schooled us and there has never been any problem and me being with a children, everyday even if it's just a couple of hours just as a -- and being outside and you know the exercises so forth, because they are the things that are really important to try to help myself maintained. Carroll Young: I don't see the doctor really that long, 20 minutes at the most, and that's not very often. So groups like, our support group at home, the DBSA, Frankfurt, helps me quite a bit, because when we meet, I hear how other people are relating to their illness and I realize that I am not alone in a vacuum, I am not the only person in the world that has a challenge. Sonia Denice Harris: I would say as a message to communicate to people in the mental health community is to stay with it, stick to it, always stay with the support group and never give up, you are worth living for.

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