My name is Melissa and I suffer with bipolar 2, depression, anxiety and cptsd. I was diagnosed with Manic Depression at 21 years old. I am now 51 years old and my mental illness still sneaks up on me and knocks me on my ass. That being said, I have been blessed to live a fairly stable life with a great deal of work from my family, friends and psychiatrist. I am outspoken, opinionated and extremely sensitive. I am writing because I love to overshare and I chose to be a voice for those living and struggling with mental illness.