Deborah’s journey to recovery was a long one. She started experiencing extreme mood swings while in lower primary school, but left it undiagnosed, and untreated for more than 20 years. She was officially diagnosed with bipolar and generalised anxiety disorder, when she sought help for post-natal depression and a burn-out from work.
Having a mental illness did not stop Deborah from doing well at work. She received a long-service award with her previous employer, a tertiary institution, where she worked for over 12 years.
Deborah is a firm believer that recovery is possible. Having benefited from peer support, she decided to use her recovery journey to help and inspire others. Deborah is now a certified a Peer Support Specialist, supporting other persons with mental health conditions in their recovery journey.
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