Alia Joy didn’t know she had Bipolar disorder until she was an adult. Married, living life as a homeschooling mom, she’d always thought her manic phase was who she was and she got down sometimes with depression. In this final episode of our Mental Health Series, Alia shares what it’s like to live with mental illness. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be in depression, to have suicidal ideation, or to try to manage regular responsibilities and relationships while living with mental illness, this conversation offers an enlightening perspective.
Alia describes sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot scratching the label off of her first prescription of anti-depressants from
In true Open Door Sisterhood fashion, this episode (and entire series) is part practical and part inspirational. We don’t want mental health to have a stigma that keeps us from talking about it. It’s too important not to dive in, learn, and discuss this life-impacting issue. As Alia says, God is with us whether we feel it or not in this dark place. We don’t need to be afraid.
You can listen to our conversation with Alia on iTunes or here:
Some things you heard mentioned on the show:
Alia’s new book Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack
Things you heard Alia say:
“We can still go to God even when we don’t feel him.”
“I would really like us to have conversations where we realize that it’s just as important to set up a meal train for somebody struggling with deep depression as it is for someone who is going through a round of chemo.”
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