Zoe’s Story

zoeZoe tells us story of how craft helped her when she was diagnosed with Bipolar.

I have always enjoyed doing crafty things, but never did I realise how much it would actually help me. Having had depression for many years my sewing and other craft hobbies had to unfortunately take a back seat, but it was always close at hand. Then this year I was finally diagnosed with having bipolar and mixed personality disorder, and I find that doing my sewing actually helps me a great deal. Recently my bipolar has been very bad and I have been to the doctors and they have said I’m right on top of the scale, meaning I have become very paranoid and get confused between what is real and what isn’t, so you can understand that this isn’t a good mindset to be in. It just takes my mind off everything.

Sewing has been my saviour at times when I have been having a bad few days, as having to look at the pattern and count stitches, takes my mind of certain thoughts that are flying round my head. Of course I still have days where I can’t even stand to look at my sewing and I want to fling it all across the room so it just gets left in the corner. But I also have days when I don’t want to put it down, and end up staying up all night. I tend to make things more for my friends than I do myself as I like to see them happy. Mental health affects so many people in so many different ways. But I am who I am and wouldn’t change a thing, although might have more stitchy stash if I could!

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About Nadine

Nadine dabbles in a wide range crafts. If it's pretty and she wants to make it, she'll learn the technique to do so. She is also never without a cup of tea in her hands.