Cindy’s life changes after enrolling in the “Whatever it Takes” program


I remember as a teen I would either sleep too much or talk and move around too much. My mom would always tell me to slow down and calm down. She always suspected that I had some kind of a mental illness, but I always refused to believe it and hid my symptoms from her. Over the years, my father died and I fell into a major depression. I started using alcohol and drugs to ease all the pain and ended up getting pregnant. At an early age, my little girl was taken away from me and due to my drug use I never got her back. I became homeless and unemployed and lived on the streets for nine years of my life. I got in so much trouble with the law due to my drug use and possession that no one would hire me. I had been running from my mental illness and my problems long enough, I was done! I wanted a way out and in February 2010, I got my break while standing in front of the judge at West court. Once the judge offered me the Whatever it Takes (WIT) program, I knew this was the opportunity I had been waiting for. I accepted the offer and started attending the WIT program diligently. I can’t explain how this program has changed my life! These people do everything and anything to help you get on your feet. I first got assigned to a caseworker who asked me about my history, my needs and my goals. I was then seen by a psychiatrist who told me I had Bi-polar disorder and Depression, which really explained my uncontrollable mood swings and thoughts since childhood. I then started attending weekly groups to help me stay clean and sober, as well as learning problem solving skills, coping skills, communication skills and so much more. The people at WIT helped me with food, shelter, clothing, transportation, as well as my appointments with doctors, probation and any others I had. They gave me guidance and helped me figure out how to straighten out my life. WIT is a life changing program; I couldn’t have done it without these caring people. They truly do Whatever It Takes to help you.  –Cindy

Orange County


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3 Responses to “Cindy’s life changes after enrolling in the “Whatever it Takes” program”

  1. Kendra Strysko
    May 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

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  2. Cindy
    June 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

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  3. Daniel
    August 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Since I don’t personally know you or your mom, I don’t know if I can be a lot of help. But I have a few sueisgtgons. If you have a friend who already knows how you feel or who you might be able to tell first, you might try talking to your friend and have your friend there when you talk to your mom. Another idea is to look for ideas online; you might find something that sounds right for you. My other suggestion is to write a letter. When I was 17 I was going through some things and I didn’t know how to tell my mom, so I wrote a poem. If writing would be right for you, then just start writing; maybe you could even show her this website and let her know that you feel like you could have Bipolar and that you would like to talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist to try and figure out for sure. Remember, Bipolar and every other mental illness is just that, an illness. Nobody can control it, some people need medication. I try to remind myself that just like people who have diabetes and need medicine, I have Bipolar and need medicine. Don’t ever forget that you are not alone, even celebrities like Demi Lovato have Bipolar. Remember to stay strong.

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