Afraid to be “outed” by others for his mental illness, Jim would withdrawal, leaving big gaps between his romantic relationships and an incomplete ledger of dating successes.
Jane finds that it’s her dreaming at night that is helping her to feel more resilient and less anxious throughout the day.
Paul David Smith shares how his partner retreating to her bed for months caused him to improvised in how to help her in a way that she needed to recover.
H grew up with Islam structuring her whole life but it wasn’t true to who she was. Years of depression developed until she decided to take the risk of leaving it all behind.
Dee Chan shares that though she feels her borderline personality disorder (BPD) is in remission, a triggering event has her going back to therapy for suicide ideation.
“I’ve often referred to my anxiety as being like a black hole, one that lurks deep within your mind. You’ll have something that you need to say or do and no amount of will power in the world can get it across the boundary of being a thought to being an action. Instead, the anxiety black hole just spins it around and around in your head so that all the thoughts play over and over again. You quite quickly lose sight of when you should say/do something and when you shouldn’t.” ~ Cameron Madden
Alishia Dauterive learned early there are a bunch of names for a bunch of mental health conditions. But she never believed herself sick or disordered just because some manual told her she should. And she learned through peer support that there is more to this thing we call recovery than the straight and narrow path we’re often forced down.