Personal Stories

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Your Trauma IS Valid: The Journey to Understanding My PTSD

Like any mental illness, PTSD is not one-size-fits all, requiring some trial and error to find the best path for recovery. I can tell you, though, that working on even one aspect of your trauma can make a vast difference in your life.
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The Real Face of Depression

Lately, I have chosen to believe in myself and focused on the triumphs — my ability to speak up when I am not well, to identify and honor both "good" and "bad" days. Knowing I am not alone and finding strength in those who fight the same fight is empowering.
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Overcoming Cultural Stigma to Fight my Depression

I have come to understand that mental health is just as important as physical health — and untreated mental illness can be as life-threatening as any serious physical condition.

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My Struggle with OCD

"I did not receive a proper diagnosis or treatment plan for this mental illness until I was 30 years old, but I spent over 20 years of my life knowing that something inside me felt off compared to others."
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How Depression is Like the Common Cold

"If we just take the proper steps to caring for ourselves, just as we would do when we have a common cold, we can learn to manage our illness."
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Mother’s Day and Mental Health Awareness Month

"The stigma of mental illness has isolated those struggling with it and their families for far too long. This is why I share our story."
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How the Pandemic Forced Me to Face My Feelings

"I no longer feel like disappearing is an option. I know that I’m blessed and that not many have the opportunities that I have to help navigate my mental health."
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My Daughter’s Story

In the fall of her freshman year of high school, Michelle made a startling revelation: she was struggling with an eating disorder and needed help. I was overwhelmed by guilt and felt like a failure as a parent.
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I Was Scared To Talk About My Mental Health

A friend once told me, you are never weak when you seek help. Speak up about the issues you are facing and find strength in vulnerability.
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Finding My Identity When I Felt Lost

"To you reading this, I hope you find yourself, I hope you find prosperity, and I hope you pass the torch and provide encouragement to your peers."
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