The Times West Virginian

May 13, 2013

Stigma of mental illnesses targeted

Support for depression, bipolar disorder available through new local group

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — When Janette Yost of Fairview went through a manic phase, she would stay up for days on end and buy items she had absolutely no use for, such as evening gowns even though she had no fancy event to attend.

Her speech would become so rapid that her words would start melding together, making her difficult to understand.

Then, when she would come down from that state, she would feel depressed, often about all the things she had done while manic.

“The worst part is coming down,” she said. “What goes up must come down. It’s like a hangover from a good night out drinking.”

One minute, Yost said, she could be going 90 mph.

“And then all of a sudden you’re not going at all.”

Yost’s life has been more stable — although not perfect — since she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than 20 years ago. She has been on medication and goes to therapy.

Now she wants to help others and herself by facilitating a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at First Baptist Church, 901 Fairmont Ave.

The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday.

 

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