Emily avoided the label of “mental illness” for many years. She went through elementary school depressed and bullied. By middle school, suicidal thoughts crept into her mind. She believed she could get better if she tried hard enough, but she couldn’t do it. She overreacted to little incidents, sometimes hyperventilating, and said mean things without knowing why. Her life spiraled into periods of manic behavior, and her cold heart refused to let anyone get close. Her reality became confused, and she was increasingly unsure of what was real and what was not.