Milford Daily News
Steve Goldman had plans for his future. An Academic All-American gymnast at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Goldman had hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher.
Life had other plans. Under stress, Goldman suffered a nervous breakdown, and later was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
"Right now my diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder with bipolar features,'' Goldman said. "I have serious depression and serious mania problems, and auditory and visual hallucinations.''
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness where patients experience abnormally elevated moods, and also extreme depressive moods. These episodes are typically separated by periods of normality.
With teaching not an option, Goldman worked several part-time jobs in between treatment. Depressed that he could not teach and scared of what the future held, Goldman needed a change in his life.
He had been receiving help at the Quincy Mental Health Center following his diagnosis in 1998. After the death of his father, Goldman moved to Franklin.
Goldman was referred to the Crossroads Clubhouse in Hopedale, a center designed to utilize peer support and a strong rehabilitative environment for those with mental illness.
Soon after checking in, Goldman met Val Comerford, the program director of the clubhouse. Comerford also suffers from a mental illness, so Goldman saw her as a source of hope that he could recover and have a meaningful career.
"I didn't have a role model for so long, and when I met Val I couldn't believe she got so far,'' Goldman said. "I'm going to go as far as I can now because of what I saw in her.''
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