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The App That Reminds Me I'm Not Alone

I was diagnosed with a mental illness eight years ago. Asking for help has gotten easier, but I still dislike it. Whether I need a ride or a few extra bucks, I resent it.

Ever since my diagnosis, my life has been filled with prescription medications and doctor appointments. Coping with the mood swings of bipolar disorder can be tough. One week, I am energetic and excited. The next, I am lethargic and depressed. On top of the mood swings, I have to remember to take medication, make it to doctor appointments, and refill my prescriptions on time.

Because of stigma, I hide my diagnosis from most people. Usually from my employers and acquaintances. I don't want anyone to think less of me. I don't want anyone to pity me. In my day to day life, I try to keep my personal issues to myself.

Keeping my problems to myself can make me feel alone, though. When I'm depressed, I lay around and overeat. I feel like a burden. It's hard to ask for help when I'm struggling. That's…