by Kate in Pennsylvania
As a child I had severe mood swings, making my childhood an unhappy one. But my father didn't believe in psychology so I never received help. My first encounter with mental health care was during the failure of my first marriage. I was hospitalized for deep depression. There was no follow up and no medications prescribed after leaving the hospital. As a single mother with an undiagnosed mental illness, I was not functioning well. I moved to live near my sister and started working part-time. Her support was the only thing that made this possible.