I was still me

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Madeleine describes how it feels to go through a mental health crisis, highlighting the need to treat people in crisis as themselves, with the dignity and respect they deserve.

– Madeleine Chamberlain

I was still me
I was just so engulfed in a world of my own creation
A world where I was alone against the enemies of my own mind
An alternative reality so clear yet so confusing
A hypothetical contradiction
That was my reality
I said regrettable things
Made decisions that only made sense to my train of thought
Any onlooker would have been perplexed
A world of me lost in my own mind
But I still felt it
The fact that it was not true does not negate
The belief
The impact
The trauma
I was still me
I was just buried under the rubble of the volcano
Whether you are looking for support for your own mental health at university or supporting a friend, help is available.
Madeleine is a recent graduate from the University of York and one of the sub-editors of the blog. Having experienced episodes of psychosis due to bipolar disorder, I am passionate about sharing my story to reassure others in similar situations that they are not alone and that there is always a way forward.

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