What Mental Illness Taught Me
I am one of (I assume, millions of) kids that grew up with mental illness in the family. My dad was bipolar (usually) regulated by meds. Not always a fan of keeping up with pills, I experienced many episodes.
I'm on the bed in the bedroom of the ground floor apartment that I no longer share with my first husband. He's standing over me and I feel very, very tired. And desperate. But mostly just exhausted. The kind of soul-grinding exhaustion that makes me want to curl in on myself and disappear…