A compelling story by Paul Illidge about his experience with his charismatic mother who spent years in and out of psych wards. Paul came to call her behavior that verged on psychotic as “The Mongo Bongos”. When about to enter a seniors home and worried that her psychiatric history might prevent them from accepting her, he asked her to be on her best behavior. Read more to find out what happened next. It left me shocked when I first read it.
When people hear the term “OCD” they often do not visualize the internal battle, the root of the rituals and the fixations. They don’t visualize the torment that leads people to say things repeatedly, to write things repeatedly, and to turn lights off and on repeatedly, in order to achieve a sense of relief from the responsibility of ensuring that something is done “just right”. To quiet the anxiety of doom. Shana Herron wants to shed light—to pull back the curtain–on this aspect of obsessive compulsive disorder. She wants to reveal her struggle.
Alice shares her family trauma and the mental health disorders that follow, leading to suicide ideation, intense self-awareness and waiting for insanity.
Growing up, Felicia Johnson suffered from depression and child abuse. When she was asked to write for an assignment and then to keep on writing, she found an invaluable form of therapy and her voice.
Kristen shares her story of being orphaned and how reoccurring abandonment led to depression, cutting and suicide attempts. She gives a practical idea on how to cope and she believes you are worthy with a ton to offer.
Paul Illidge shares part of his story from his memoir The Bleaks; a harrowing nightmare in which Paul’s life is plunged when a drug-squad raids his house and the mental health experiences that follows.
Aber Love shares a story of hope as she outlines what she learned from her many stays in the hospital due to depression, self-injury, and suicide attempts.