Personal Stories

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Surviving Panic Disorder is Something to be Proud of

"​Panic disorder is both my heaviest burden and my biggest badge of honor."
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Becoming My Own Advocate

"I lead with compassion for myself and others. I vow to let the experience change me forever instead of stopping me." Read Maria's story of finding her inner strength while hospitalized. 
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A Lesson From Our Time in Quarantine

"We can make accommodations for people to participate in events and belong with their communities. We can continue to make space for each other to breathe and interact with others at their own pace."
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Facing Tardive Dyskinesia

"Getting diagnosed with TD was a watershed moment for me. It brought the involuntary movements I was making to my conscious awareness."
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Mental Illness Does Not Fear the Pandemic

"Maybe you, too, are one of the parents to whom I am speaking, and you have double duty. We are on the front line battling as well. We live in the world of constant unknowns. The pandemic will end eventually, but we must return to our post for a lifetime."
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My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

"This speed, savvy, and importance placed on unconditional support regardless of my circumstances was the rallying cry of my parents throughout my recovery, even when I fought them on it."

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Withdrawal

"If we look at my mental health condition as a body ache, you could say I’m having a 'flare up,' like the weather has changed suddenly and the body is letting me know. Surprisingly (or not? I don’t know), this is me in recovery."

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Growing Up with a Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

Reactions like that are why I want to tell the world about my experience—the fact that my little story could change someone’s perspective on mental illness, well, that’s huge.

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Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part III

"I needed to be able to relate to someone who looked like me and was experiencing mental health issues like I was. I needed to see that there was hope and that with the right treatment, support and additional resources, that I could have a life worth living."

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Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part II

To me, recovery means validating my own feelings, trusting in my experiences and admitting that it was not my fault.

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