Kerry's story: My 18 year journey to bipolar diagnosis

Glasgow teacher, Kerry Burley, battled 18 years of depressive and manic episodes before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, having only had the diagnosis suggested after receiving continuous treatment for stomach issues.

Kerry, 39, was a high-achieving young person at school with talents in music and languages. However, after leaving the home at 17 to study Law at Strathclyde University – she began to experience her first depressive episode.

Kerry said: “I had just turned 17, and I was living by myself in Glasgow in halls. I didn’t do well at university - I wasn’t prepared for it at all.

“I remember wanting to not be there, in life. I felt like I was taking up too much space, I felt like I was a burden on everybody. It wasn’t about me feeling so bad that made me suicidal, it was me feeling so bad about the effect I was having on everyone around me.