Hi, I'm Robyn Mandelberg. I'm a psychologist. I'm married. I have a two-year-old daughter, Emily and I'm bipolar.
I've been married to Josh for at least six years in July and he has been a wonderful, wonderful husband and he's a wonderful, wonderful father.
And he really understands how to fight my illness with me every night like we sort of gather at the double sinks in the bathroom and like
we count out my pills and it's just a whole ritual, but basically, my marriage is not at all based on me being bipolar.
I am bipolar but it's not ruling my life. It's not defining my life. It did for many, many years but
now I feel solidly stable and I'm able to do all the things I want to do which is like being a wife and a mother and you know I just managed.
Good job! I was at Yale University and I found myself kind of loosing my grip. I developed an eating disorder and a pretty severe depression.
So, I came out from Yale and my parents said, You have to find a therapist in L.A.â€ And I found my psychiatrist through my pediatrician actually. She recommended Wendy Rosenstein.
And we just forged an unbelievable connection and for years to come, you know. This relationship has been my saving grace for many things. I mean, I credit Wendy with my life a couple of times over.
She saw me in depressions where I was so -- I was nearly catatonic. I could hardly move or speak at all.
She has done my meds for this for this. I still see her. I'm 34. I started to see her when I was 18. That's 16 years.
She's always been at the helm of my medication.
So, I have my medical team which is Wendy and then I have a wonderful nutritionist named Mary and she's come on board in the last year or so
and really helped me fight some of the weight gain associated from my medications and it's been a really uphill battle.
It's really hard, but she's sort of been encouraging me and helping me make good choices and exercise.
Let's have the complex starch and they have a good kind of fats and they have protein.
Some people might think that, you know, bipolar women shouldn't be mothers because there are too many things in their heads and they're just not able to parent,
that would be damn too much responsibility or a liability or dangerous to the kid. Well, I just --
at the beginning, I felt that that I have to prove these things are untrue. But now, I've sort of stopped.
I'm just being a mother and I don't feel that it's any different than a person with you know diabetes being a mother. I mean,
like I've done in many things in my life, I just said, Hey! I'm doing this.â€
Emily is the biggest anchor I've ever had because I have spent so many times being suicidal,
being hospitalized, but there's nothing like her. There's nothing like her. I look at her and I'm like, What am I thinking?
I can't even go to those places in my mind anymore because I'm so solid with her, you know. She's like -- she's my dream come true.
And she keeps me well because I can't afford not to be well. I'm her mom, you know,
really and truly like for me, with my medication and the proper support and all my team, hey I'm just as likely to be a good mom as anyone else.