“This was the first time I told my story for everyone to hear. My story wasn’t an in depth depiction of my situation but sharing some of my fears for all felt good. Also, seeing that many people share the same feelings as I do was comforting that I am not alone. I always knew I wasn’t alone, however the stories on this blog site is like group therapy. Being that I do not always do well in groups, this site is a refreshing alternative. Having accepted my mental illness, I carry on the best I can. I will continue visiting this site to gain further insight from real life experiences by Trish and her Guest Bloggers.” ~ JL
A woman shares her experience of trying to start her life over with her children, away from her abusive husband, and dealing with the symptoms of depression, anxiety and bipolar while finding little support in the system.
“I expect some stigma from people who don’t know better, from everyday people who’ve never walked my path, or anything that resembles my path. It doesn’t make it right, but I still know to expect it. There are people who think my child makes suicide attempts just to get attention. There are people who think my child is just spoiled and babied. They don’t live with her pain, a pain so deep, the only relief she sees is death.
But I never expected to be slapped in the face with mental health stigma from health care workers.
Shoshana Stein shares her experience of losing her closest friend while in high school and the state of mania that ensued.
Shaneequa shares her story of how much her identity was tied to the approval of her parents and her life plan and after that came into question again and again, how she fell apart.
Dee Chan shares how she spent years and years struggling with BPD until one day, she realized gratitude had a role to play in her recovery.