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My imaginary friend

Having an imaginary friend is all part of growing up. Many children go one step beyond pretend play by creating a special and invisible friend. They may be a...

Oct 18, 2017

Butterflies

I work in a public field.   I'm an Ordained Priest in the Anglican Church and while I'm often surrounded by people, I am by nature, a strong introvert.  In...

Oct 10, 2017

Under the shield

As a police officer I have seen a great deal of suffering over the course of 18 years, including: suicides; homicides; death of children; drug overdoses, and; violent acts...

Oct 3, 2017

How a documentary changed my outlook on recovery

My name's Andrea, I'm 22 and I was diagnosed with restrictive anorexia nervosa at 17. Wow,...

Sep 27, 2017

Pull back the curtain

In considering what I wanted to say and, more importantly, how… I’ve run through more edits and rewrites than I care to admit.  No matter which approach I tried,...

Sep 19, 2017

Personality chameleon

I’ve become so seasoned at camouflaging myself over the years. I am a personality chameleon. I will wave and smile at you, even if we’ve never met. I smile to...

Sep 12, 2017

Healthy boundaries

The month of June is often a very busy and stressful time of year for many of us, not necessarily all in a bad way though. For me June...

Sep 5, 2017

A manic episode

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder at age 15, and have been struggling with the illness for the last 30 years.  I have been hospitalized on a number...

Aug 29, 2017

Another battle

After five months of battling anxiety and depression, now I have another battle.  Maybe that is a bit dramatic, maybe it is simply an appeal.  But for me, at this...

Aug 22, 2017

The darkness and I

I’ve struggled with mental illness for years. For a little while now, I’ve had more good days than bad. Tonight I find myself unusually low. There are probably a...

Aug 17, 2017

Mental Illness is not a character flaw

My story begins when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have a memory of feeling “ anxiety." I had...

Aug 8, 2017

Practice makes imperfect

My favourite movie as a child was "Mary Poppins," who was "practically perfect in every way." Fitting, since by three years old, I had...

Aug 1, 2017