Personal Stories

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Don’t Call Me Crazy

I’ve had to listen to "armchair psychologists" define what "crazy" behavior is and in the same breath say what a "crazy" party they went to the night before. Words are like that.

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You Can’t Always See an Eating Disorder

"Eating disorders can cause weight gain, weight loss or they can have no effect on weight at all. And all these eating disorder diagnoses are valid; one does not have to 'look sick' to be struggling."

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Getting Help For My Postpartum Depression

I knew I needed counseling and sought it out, but the eight months following were a blur of jumping from therapist-to-therapist and medication-to-medication with no improvement. In fact, I was getting worse. 

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There is Hope!

Today, I am good. I won’t say great because there are days when I want to give up because I feel no one listens to me about mental illness. But I know I am helping some people.

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Police Officers Need Help Too

I felt I had two options: Pick up the phone and ask for help or continue to be that officer with the stigma of not asking for help, because it’s a sign of weakness. 

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All Things Can Be Good

The voices in my head were real and kept getting louder... Fear began to take control. Instinctively, I knew that panic would only make matters worse.

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Recovery Took Me More Than One Try

In this year alone, I’ve had a suicide attempt, a drug overdose accompanied with a felony possession charge, a reckless driving conviction, a DUI conviction, I lost my job, and a host of other difficult situations.

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My Silent Battles

I have to accept that medication and therapy are what I need right now. And who knows, maybe I will need medication and therapy for several years to come, but that is okay.

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Imperfectly Perfect

For so many years of my life, my greatest wish was to not exist... I believed that my feelings of hopelessness, shame, and guilt were all of my own doing. It was all my fault.

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Fortifying the Castle

The “dragon” (my mental illness) is ever-present and could be planning an attack at any time. If my castle is strong and I have enough warriors on my side, I may just come out of this thing unscathed.

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