Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s daughter, Saumu Mbuvi, has opened up on her battle with mental illness.
Speaking in a recent interview, Saumu Mbuvi revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and she has been battling it for the past eight years.
“I did not know I was bipolar until I had a breakdown which was very bad and that I had to be taken to hospital and that is when I was diagnosed with bipolar eight years ago. For the longest time, I did not know I had bipolar but it took this main trigger,” she explained.
The mother of two further disclosed that the matter worsened when she was going through her first heartbreak.
“My first trigger was when I was going through my first heartbreak. I had my first breakdown and didn’t even know who I was. I lost control of myself completely.”
She previously confessed in 2019 that she was battling depression after breaking up with the father of her first-born daughter which led her to take antidepressants. She broke up with Ben Gatu in 2017.
“I think I’ve been going for narcissists that have been dragging me down because they are the worst people to deal with if you are bipolar. Like my previous relationship, I would be in the hospital after every one or two months being admitted. Because I had numerous hypomania episodes, and once I get to hypomania where I am breaking down, I usually never sleep. I can go up to four days without sleeping.”
After breaking up with her first baby daddy in 2017, Saumu Mbuvi later dated Lamu Senator Anuar Loitiptip but later separated after lasting less than two years. She goes ahead and states that the condition got worse for her after she gave birth to her second child with the Senator.
“It got worse for me after giving birth to my second baby, especially having to go through postpartum depression while being bipolar. My main trigger is I can’t use certain drugs. I can’t use weed and be around certain people who are annoying and want to see the worst in me, so I had to change and set boundaries in terms of the people who are around me.”
Saumu says that mental illness is a big problem especially among the youth and society should stop stigmatizing the disorder by naming the victims as crazy people.
“I used to break down, the person would call me crazy and tell me I was mad and those things would really hurt me. But I’ve learnt because this is something I never wished for but I am managing how to live with it. It is not as if it has stopped me from living my life.”