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Natalia Velasco Crystal George REHB 3200 February 16th 2017 Personal Interview For my personal Interview I chose to talk tone of my good friends from high school Julia Bergmann. I knew of Julia’s diagnosis from our time as friends in high school but asked her to pretend that I didn't know anything at all for the purpose of the interview, she agreed and was excited to participate because we hadn't talked in a while and so this gave us an excuse to FaceTime. Julia is a 20 year old sophomore college student who was diagnosed with Manic Depression when she was between fifteen and sixteen years old. Questions1.What does the person perceive their disability to be? Julia is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression but perceives it as “extremely emotional or maybe even dramatic mood swings haha” 2. How/when did they acquire the diagnosis? Julia has struggled with controlling her emotions she describes her experience as a dramatic and confusing time beginning at about 14 when she was moving into adolescence. At this time nobody understood why she acted out or cried or would bounce back from deep moods so quickly. Julia grew up being told that she needed to have better control of herself and learn not to let silly or meaningless things change her whole attitude. Soon after graduating from Middle
school Julia was diagnosed with depression and began taking medication for this condition. Julia explains that “ I actually was very relieved when I received that diagnosis because I thought finally I had an explanation for why I would experience such an overtaking sadness all the time” she continues on to say “I was even proud at one point haha, I remember telling all my friends and my swim team, I think to me it was like finally I could put the blame on something for all the episodes I’d had in the past and it felt good.” Julia began with anti depressant medication and after a few months continued to feel as though she couldn't control her moods. Julia explains “this was a very difficult time for me because I never doubted for a second that it wasn't depression instead I doubted the pills and I

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