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A man and a woman are mourning a loved one who died while in the midst of the most difficult time of their lives.
Chadwick Boseman and Brooke Bosemans daughter, Bailey, had just celebrated a new milestone in their relationship when Bailey was found dead.
They were told she had overdosed on a medication called tramadol, a medication often prescribed to help those struggling with bipolar disorder.
They said they were told her death was accidental.
Bailey had been on the medication for just over two years.
The couple has been in the throes of grief for years, as they struggled with bipolar depression.
They told ABC News they were at a loss for words and asked for their loved ones to be heard.
“We just have so much in common,” Brooke Batchman said.
“We’re both just human beings and it’s hard to explain that, so we decided that we needed to share our story with the world.”
The couple shared their story to CNN in an effort to show how hard it is to be in the same place as someone who is experiencing a major mental health crisis.
“I’ve got so many emotions.
I’m a lot of things,” Brooke said.”
And I’ve got a lot in common with Bailey, too.
We just both have a lot going on.
But I’m also a lot different.”
Brooke Batchmans daughter Bailey died of tramadrol overdose in December.
She was 18.
The Bosemings told ABCNews.com Bailey had begun to show signs of depression.
“When she was 18, she was in a place where she was just not happy,” Brooke told ABC.
“And that was in her bedroom and she was getting in the bathtub with a towel over her head and she had a big, big headache.
And I remember thinking, ‘You know, this isn’t a good time for me to be thinking about my own death.'”
They were so afraid for Bailey and her health that they began looking for a doctor in the Midwest.
They found Dr. Michael Cram, a psychiatrist in the Twin Cities, in a remote rural town in the state of Minnesota.
He helped them to get a new medication, called risperidone, and began treating Bailey.
The couple said he treated Bailey’s mental health and her depression.
The medication helped Bailey live with the constant anxiety and depression that came with the illness, Brooke said, but it also caused them to have more anxiety about the future.
“There’s nothing that can change your life, but you can make it a better place,” Brooke explained.
“You can change what you can do to help yourself and help your family, so that’s what I tried to do.”
After months of therapy, they began seeing a doctor again, and a year after that, Bailey was well enough to leave the hospital.
The Bosems said their daughter was healthy enough to travel with them on vacation.
The story of the Bosemins is heartbreaking, but their story is far from unique.
Nearly 40% of people diagnosed with bipolar spectrum disorder die within a year of their diagnosis.
The suicide rate for people with bipolar disorders is more than 15 times higher than that for the general population.
A recent study found that a third of people with a diagnosable mental illness die within one year of being diagnosed.
Bipolar disorder is a condition that can be debilitating and life-altering, especially for those who struggle with it.
It can cause severe depression, loss of appetite, and hallucinations, among other symptoms.
It is a serious illness that can take a toll on people’s lives.
People with bipolar have higher rates of substance abuse and suicide.
But because people with the disorder are often young, they may also struggle to find employment or housing.
A new study shows that the prevalence of homelessness and poverty is more common among people with this disorder than among the general U.S. population.
And even if someone finds a job or housing, they are at risk for depression and suicide, said Dr. John D. Biederman, an emergency room physician and psychiatrist at Emory University Hospital.
Biederman said depression and anxiety can cause people to become aggressive and even to commit violent crimes.
“These disorders are really a threat to public safety,” he said.
Bosemans son is in college, but they worry his mental health will be impacted if he is in the spotlight.
“He will be in a spotlight that he does not want to be, and I hope he finds peace in that,” Brooke added.
“I hope he feels safe enough to be where he needs to be and not worry about things like that.”
The BOSEMINS are taking their daughter’s death very personally.
“She was a very loving, caring, loving young woman who cared about everybody around her,” Brooke remembered. “She