Jacqueline's Story

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The person featured in this video is sharing her individual experiences living with bipolar I disorder. She has been compensated for her time. Individual experiences with the condition and treatment will vary.

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Jacqueline’s Story


My name is Jacqueline. I am from Medford, New Jersey, and I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in 2016. I had many symptoms. It feels like you lose control. There are times when my behavior was really bad and erratic. It was very difficult taking care of my children when I was sick because I couldn’t function and because I couldn’t really get out of bed. I was hospitalized a few times. But the children were really affected by the disorder. The guilt that I was feeling from being sick all the time and not being able to care for them was, was difficult to bear.

It was finding the right doctor to be able to give me the therapy that I needed and for them to recognize the symptoms. I was accepting of it after doing some research and looking at, reading a lot of material and talking to my doctor. I realized that it was the correct diagnosis. It was definitely a blessing in disguise. If I wasn’t diagnosed with that, I may not be here right now.

Aside from medication, exercise is great for the mind, so I exercise every day. I also do a lot of meditation. My diet, I try and eat as best as I can.

I’m very comfortable talking about it. It’s, it’s a part of me. It’s who I am. And it’s, it’s something that I’m going to have for the rest of my life.

I’m Jacqueline. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m an actress. And I’m living with bipolar I disorder.

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