This is My Brave: Mental Illness and Motherhood

This is my brave is a new show about people who struggle with mental illness. It's trying to promote the idea that mental illness can happen to anyone and that they shouldn't be ashamed. People come forward to tell there stories and open up about things they've kept hidden from everyone - even their family and friends. What they learned was that a startling number of the people they talked to were mothers. Moms who want to let the world know that it's okay to be imperfect

One of the founders of This Is My Brave is Jennifer Marshall. At 26 years old she had two manic episodes out of no where. She had no history of mental illness before but was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She hid it from most of her family and friends. A few years later Jennifer and her husband wanted to start a family. She chose to stop her medication for both pregnancies in order to protect her children and had to be hospitalized both times. Her illness took over with all of the stress that comes with being a new mom.

I think these people are all very brave, especially the moms. People judge moms so much, especially when they think they're "crazy". The truth is they're struggling just like the rest of us, they just have an illness that makes it harder. I believe my mom suffered from some sort mental illness when I was growing up. Maybe if she'd seen a show like this she would have gotten help instead of taking it out on me.

Do you or anyone you know suffer from a mental illness? Do people judge you/them for it?

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    05/16/14
    4Santana Ferrell
    i suffer from anxiety so i can relate.
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      05/16/14
      I was on medication for 10 years for depression and anxiety. As soon as I left my ex husband and moved I didn't have health insurance anymore so I stopped taking it. I would never recommend that to anyone because it can be extremely dangerous.

      But.. through that darkness I came out on the other side so happy and healthy and ready for life. I think sometimes we forget to look at the big picture and are quick to diagnose. That's just me though, one story.
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        05/16/14
        Melissa Middleton
        Mental illness runs in my family. I do not have it but I was diagnosed with a form of Autism, but not high enough to be on the spectrum. I have what is called PDD-NOS. Basically, the man who diagnosed me is unsure if I have Aspergers.
        I have Autistic tendencies, I lack social skills, and I am obsessed with anything pertaining to numbers. This is something that cannot be cured, even with meds. It just is. I do not tell many people because too many are quick to judge and act as though they know all about it or "how to fix me" to make me more like themselves. I don't want to change nor do I want to be more like them. Frankly, I find them rather boring.

        But, my mom tells them: "There is nothing wrong with Melissa. She is not broken. She is not weird. She is unique."

        I like to say: "I am normal; it is everyone else that is weird." or

        I am not special; I am a limited edition (I saw that on a picture on Facebook).

        My little sister has bipolar disorder and schizophrenic. She says I am the only one she can talk to. I think because I don't yell at her and because I listen.
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        05/16/14
        Melissa Middleton
        I meant schizophrenia.
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        I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.