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Mental illness can also be a gift

From ten years of age until now, I have dealt with mental illness on various levels.  As a young child with split parents,...

Mar 10, 2021

You can do this

It’s never an easy thing to admit you’ve been lying to yourself. In my case, I can’t say that I admitted to anything. It was almost like the realizations of...

Oct 7, 2020

10 Keys To My Success (Progress) … So Far

I, like so many first responders, have been burdened, or gifted, depending on your perspective, with PTSD and depression from a career of...

May 27, 2020

What I call an ‘almost’: My first visit with my psychotherapist

So my first visit with my psychotherapist, how did it go? It was amazing! I was early, very...

Apr 1, 2020

Hitting Rock Bottom – How I Recovered From Addiction

“You’re just a drug addict. There is no hope. There is nothing left to live for....

Feb 12, 2020

How my misconceptions about suicide changed

I’ve dealt with Major Depressive Disorder since my late teens. I am now going on 27 and...

Feb 5, 2020

Solitude

I was an unwanted child, the product of an unplanned pregnancy. So my birth parents split immediately and I was awarded to my mother. She was too young for...

Jan 22, 2020

I am proof

Hello my name is Heidi , and I am a mental health advocate. I have dealt with mental health issues most of my life, starting as a teenager. Starting in...

Oct 9, 2019

Looking for answers

It was in November 2017 when everything in my life came crashing down around me. When my world went dark, it was like a light switch being flicked off....

Dec 5, 2018

Dear depression, it’s over

It's been a long 21 years. I can't say I'm going to miss you. You had my full attention. We met 21 years ago when I...

Oct 24, 2018

Disappointment is a side effect of depression

I usually have no issues sharing my story. At least in person, I don’t. Writing it...

Sep 26, 2018

I am winning

I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) when I was 17 years old (2008). I had always been very shy; I had always been scared to try new...

Aug 29, 2018