Introduction to Kara Lynch, Author of 'Bipolar Griot'
Tuesday, May 22 2018 Kara Lynch
I am Kara Lynch and I am happy to be joining HealthyPlace as the new author of Bipolar Griot. I'm excited about this journey of sharing tips and tricks for living a successful life as an African American woman with bipolar I disorder. Like anyone fighting mental illness I definitely struggle, but my goal is to continue to grow so that I may be resource and inspiration to other African Americans battling with mental illness.
Kara Lynch Faces Bipolar Disorder
I received my bipolar type I diagnosis at the young age of 22. I had experienced a three-month manic episode. During this time, I was in college and just beginning to chart my own path when I was interrupted by a bout of confusion and delusion. Early on, I dealt with insomnia and I had begun to have issues concentrating on coursework. At the peak of my manic episode, I thought I was someone I was not, I took things that were not mine from family members, and I had no sense of time. Being manic brought everything to a halt because I had to drop out of college and begin recovery.
After trying many different medications, I saw a doctor that was finally willing to diagnose me with bipolar disorder. The diagnosis shook me to my very core because it was something that I never thought I would have to deal with. I began medication and the uphill battle began. Some medications would make me drowsy while on others, I was very perky and hyperactive. It wasn't until two years ago, that things began to level out. I decided to stop pursuing my education and I moved back to my small hometown in North Carolina. It was then that I had to find a new mental healthcare provider and she suggested a new bipolar drug. My life was transformed completely. I now work full-time and have great relationships with those I love. I work hard to maintain as much of a routine as possible.
More About Kara Lynch and 'Bipolar Griot'
Whether you have a mental illness and you're looking to find out more about mental illness and how it affects the African American community, I invite you to share the experiences that have shaped me into the woman that I am today. I also look forward to you sharing your experiences.