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I HAVE OVERCOME DEPRESSION. I no longer take medications and honestly, this year has been my best yet. I've found joy at last!
My name is Hauwa and I'm the founder of She Writes Woman, a movement that takes back the mental health narrative in Nigeria.
I started this movement 2 months after a near suicide attempt. I was diagnosed with bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder with a bit of psychosis 2 years ago after years of extreme mood cycles that simply messed me up.
I've experienced the full spectrum of paranoia, delusions, suicidal ideation and so much more. I've taken medications, put on tonnes of weight, felt useless and hopeless and everything in between.
Sexual and domestic abuse? CHECK.
But I'm here. A living breathing symbol of love, hope and support.
I tell my story over and over again so that we can normalise the mental health conversation in Nigeria and take back the narrative of people who live with mental disorders.
But there's a part of my story that people don't know.
I HAVE OVERCOME MY DIAGNOSES.
I've held it in for a while but I can't keep this to myself.