My mental illness and affected my relationships because I have tried to hide the 'real' me, putting on a brave face which is exhausting.
My greatest source of support has been my partner who loves me for the person I am.
My hope for the future is that I will have greater strength to manage the down times and realise that it doesn't make me less of a person.
I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because no one should be ashamed and to let others know there is information and help out there-whether it be professional support or just a kind word from a friend, we can all make a difference.
This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative.