“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.
All through Anne’s life, she thought she was a bad person. It was pushing for a deeper investigation into her symptoms that gave her the explanations she needed to embrace who she is.
Sara Stringer shares her experience as an intern working with a man named Ned. Ned, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, befriended Sara until he became paranoid she would deceive him. She shares what she learned.
Bethany Rosselit was living in constant fear; she was terrified of losing her job, not paying the bills, losing her husband, fear for her daughter’s future and that she wasn’t a good enough parent. Longing for a life that felt safe a secure, she would escape into food, novels and movies to avoid facing her fears. Bethany discovers that her false beliefs and need for approval are what needed to change.
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.