by Bonnie in New Jersey
I am 32-years-old and am working towards recovery. I have not always believed in recovery. It has been a journey and to me, recovery is a journey with its ups and downs, as is life.
I have been battling emotional challenges for the better part of my life. My earliest diagnosis was ADHD at the age of 4, along with a learning disability. I learned as a young child how to combat the illness and continue to try and try. I was quite successful in school. I was taught never to give up and to fight against the system, especially when my parents and I would be told that I wouldn't be able to do something because of my disability. I learned to ask questions when I had questions, and I was a very successful student.
Along my college path, I ran into many stumbling blocks where I met up with the notion of having to take psychotropic medication. I was never specifically against it although I must say that there were medications that I was adamant against taking; I didn't know why, but in later years, I learned that when I would have a gut instinct about something, I had to learn to listen to myself. If I did not listen, I would pay the price.