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32

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

Time to Heal and

a Place to Thrive

One Diplomatic Security special agent

offers his own case as a model for

successful rehabilitation from

mental illness.

BY RONALD HOL LOWAY

Ronald Holloway, a Diplomatic Security special agent andmember of

the Foreign Service from 2002 to 2014, is a foreign affairs officer with

the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the State Department. The views

expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily

reflect those of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. government.

T

here were times when I couldn’t face

another day, and all I wanted to do

was sleep. There were days when I

was so euphoric that I behaved in

ways I now consider very embarrass-

ing. There were also dark days, when

I thought the only way to provide for

my family would be for them to col-

lect my life insurance. And there was

the day when, after my second hospitalization, I was diagnosed

with bipolar disorder.

I like to think those days are behind me as I successfully

manage a mental illness that severely limits the lives of millions

of people in the United States. I was fortunate to have support

from within my bureau, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, to

ensure my successful rehabilitation.

I do not know how many in the State Department have an

experience with mental illness like mine, but the department

should consider my rehab process as a model to be replicated.

FOCUS

ON MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THE FOREIGN SERVICE