About Me

Emika Oka (Mika)
11 min readMar 19, 2022

Updated : WHO AM I?

Trigger Warning: Mental Health

As an adult diagnosed with high-functioning autism and Bipolar II Disorder, my ASD diagnosis came later than I would have preferred. However, it did clear up some of the confusion that had been following me around for years. Although I have managed to survive the first half of my life with these overlapping conditions, it has left me with significant scarring and side effects. On top of this, I am also a partially deaf disabled person who is still trying to figure out where I fit into the world.

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Managing a pre-existing condition can be a challenging task in itself, and sometimes it can be overwhelming when external factors come into play. I have been experiencing this firsthand. I used to be able to manage my condition to a certain degree, but some unfortunate external factors, such as family issues, work stress, and other difficult situations, have led to my condition escalating to the point where I could no longer deny the need for help.

I found myself feeling increasingly anxious and stressed, which affected the quality of my life. As my condition worsened, I realized that I needed professional help to manage it. I was heavily medicated, which helped to alleviate some of my symptoms, but it also had an impact on my quality of life. I felt weak, and my mobility was further affected, which made it difficult for me to carry out daily activities. I was unable to work because my anxiety would often become overbearing, and I found it terrifying to be around people. For me, traveling in a car is like a roller coaster ride that triggers panic attacks. The feeling is so intense that it often feels like I’m having a heart attack and that I’m dying. It’s an incredibly distressing experience that feels all too real, and driving myself is out of the question. This…

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Emika Oka (Mika)

Sharing her unique perspective on the world as a hearing-impaired autistic person with bipolar disorder despite the challenges.