Category: Mental Health Stories

Sheila

In some ways, my experience with my bipolar disorder has been like my experience with appendicitis: two years of intense symptoms then professional intervention only when things started to rupture. The difference, of course, is no one is going to someday bring me my bipolar disorder in a jar and tell me I’ll never have […]

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Emily

If you ask my mother, my mental illness began when I was 6 with the fatal car accident that left me with perforated intestines, broken bones, and high anxiety. If you ask my cross-country coach, my mental illness began when I collapsed in the middle of our conference meet from stress exhaustion. If you ask […]

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Greg

When our son was in the PTSD unit after his suicide attempt, he was encouraged to find some type of art therapy. He decided to paint tabletop gaming miniatures, and he chose the Warhammer Age of Sigmar game because he’d previously been interested in some of the stories that came out of that fictional universe. […]

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Sheena

I was diagnosed with anxiety in 2017, just a few months after having my first child. Becoming a mother broke open my emotions with such power; it knocked me down HARD.   Before my baby, I had a false confidence that I was in control and that no one had to know when I was struggling. Feeling […]

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Dawn

My husband and I initially didn’t have any idea anything was wrong with our son.  He seemed to have a great military career but he traveled a lot so we saw very little of him, and so we were unaware as to the extent of his struggles. It feels like mental illness isn’t anything we discuss in “polite company” and it is something […]

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A Nurse

As a nurse, raising a child with mental health challenges, who also happened to teach stress reduction, I felt confident in my ability to handle stress. One fall day the perfect storm came together: I had just gotten divorced, I was in graduate school with projects due, and I was the primary caregiver for my […]

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My Silent Cry

“My Silent Cry”  Can anybody hear me? Of course you can’t I don’t cry out loud It’s my silent cry you cannot hear Brought on by functional depression Others suffer in silence too We can call it by different names I first called mine just feeling blue  Some friends know about it they are very few Most that come in contact with me would not have a single clue I can do […]

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Mandy

I am a low-income 44-year-old single mother of 3 nearly-grown children. I suffer from bipolar disorder. My oldest suffers from ADHD. My middle child suffers from depression. My youngest is also suffering from depression and previously had suicidal thoughts and a gender identity crisis.  Growing up in a dysfunctional alcoholic abusive home set the stage for my […]

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Cybill

Growing up I always knew something was different about me. I started really noticing the differences when I was a freshman in high school. After hearing that one of my friends was diagnosed with severe depression, I started doing some research. I took every online test that I could find and they all said the same thing, “You may be suffering from depression, please speak to your doctor about taking the next step.”  

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