A lot of people with mental health diagnosis today feel or believe that they will never achieve in life as much as others with no such diagnosis. I can really empathise with people in this situation. Recently I had a meeting with my consultant in regards to reviewing my medication. I requested that he sees me at home for my review. Upon his arrival we spoke about my career and the things I have achieved. He was actually in denial and questioned my diagnosis. He kept praising me for my insightful knowledge into my diagnosis and on the other hand said that people with my diagnosis don't really do as well as I was doing. He even made mentioned of him researching further into my diagnosis. This is a professional that I was telling how I was feeling and have explained all my symptoms but still felt the need to say that people with my kind of condition do not do this well. For me this goes to show that anyone can achieve anything . However, its a shame that still in the 21st century people think of mental health suffers as under achievers.
My message to you is that you can be whoever you want to be in life regardless of your diagnosis. Most recently I came across professor Elyn Saks who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and also very high functioning. One thing I also acknowledge is that everyone coping mechanism is different but with the right support you can do much better. Please do not give in to societal stigma and beliefs that your life is a dead rope. Keep pushing to achieve anything you want to achieve in life. Make yourself happy and take your medication. Make sure you expose yourself to only positive things in life. Speak out and try and make friends with people who tend to understand you, with such support I feel you too can bridge the Gap of the stigma and stereotypes that people with mental health issues suffers.
Together we can use the social media as a scissors to cut off this societal stigma and stereotypes.