Born in Hampshire, England in 1984, Katie1984 is an only child. Both her parents were in the legal profession, her father a barrister and her mother a solicitor.
Katie grew up on the family country estate in rural Hampshire, and led a priviledged upbringing. With both parents focussed on their legal careers, she was brought up by a succession of nannies and mothers helps. Despite the affluent lifestyle, Katie became aware at an early age that her parents had little interest in her, nor showed her much affection. Indeed, her mother told her that she had been "a mistake".
As she grew up, Katie spent much time exploring their country estate in Hampshire, and their property in Cornwall and discovered a great love of nature and the outdoor life.
Without the love and parental guidance, her teen years became chaotic, and it was during this period that Katie developed the early symptoms of what was later diagnosed as bi polar disorder,otherwise known as manic depression, a mental illness effecting mood and behaviour.
The impact of bi polar disorder upon Katie's life grew as she got older. The cycles of mania and debilitating depression became more acute. The symptoms of the illness vary from person to person. For some people, these include delusions of grandeur, hallucinations, spending vast amounts of money or hyperactivity.
In Katie's case, the "highs" of the illness resulted in her becoming sexually promiscuous, taking risks with her personal safety with little regard to the consequences. Driven on by the mania, her behaviour became eratic, leading her into vulnerable situations.
These manic phases would then be followed by periods of deep, sometimes suicidal, depression, which could last months.
It was over 10 years before Katie was diagnosed with bi polar disorder, following a mental breakdown and admission to a mental hospital.
In the years since, Katie has finally managed to gain control over her illness, through the use of medication, talking therapies and self reflection. Part of her recovery was to write about her experiences, in order to gain an understanding of her behaviour.
These autobiographical reflections have now been published here for the first time in e book format.
Katie1984 is now herself a lawyer, specialising in property law, based in London.
She lives in Hampshire, where she enjoys the country way of life, sport and writing.