Working to end the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.

Stories

Heide’s Story

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 last fall after years of struggling in silence. It wasn’t until January that I finally accepted my diagnosis while getting treatment in a two week program at a Swedish Medical Center.

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Joshua’s Story

I have been living with chronic depression and anxiety disorder for the past 5 years. I remember before I ever dealt with this myself, I did not understand others dealing with these same things. I tended to stereotype people as just crazy, or not strong. I firmly believed that they were not strong enough to deal with problems in everyday life and that they just needed to suck it up and get over it.

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Alia’s Story

Imagine you have a best friend who you trust completely. You know this person has your back in every situation and you ask for their advice in every situation imaginable. Over time, things begin to change. They seem a bit less friendly every day until finally, by the end, they're more or less yelling at you that you're a horrible person and you're screwing everything up.

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Anonymous’ Story

Being Bipolar is like the Wisconsin weather: wait five minutes and your mood might change 40 degrees. Problem is, I’m no meteorologist, I don’t do Accuweather and I couldn’t find my way around a barometric pressure gauge if I even knew what one was. Wholly unpredictable.

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Karla’s Story

My story is not uncommon amongst soldiers like me. I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. This mental disorder has been seen in many wars under so many different names. Whether it was general anxiety disorder, shell shock, or a war deserter.

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Grace’s Story

Bring Change2Mind came to our families attention 6 years too late for my husband, but has been a strength for my daughter. My husband was diagnosed with depression in the early 1980’s. During our 27 year marriage it progressively became worse as doctors kept trying new things and medications stopped being affective for him. The stigma that came with a man, husband, provider, and father of having depression was great.

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Tracy’s Story

I struggle with my mental health diagnosis alone mostly, because the stigma of having a mental health disorder in the African-American community is great. When you are out of work due to a set back from a mental disorder, no one helps. Not from the church, or from work, or neighbors, because it is not an accepted disorder, like cancer, or heart disease.

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Jordan’s Story

I began my journey through depression at the age of 12. There was no traumatic event that brought it on- it was simply genetics. Depression has traveled through my mother’s side of the family for many generations, the only difference with me being that I was the first to ask for help.

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Wendy’s Story

I have Bipolar Disorder NOS. I don't go shouting it from the roof tops but I don't try to hide it either. I am very upfront about my disorder. I am a psychiatric nurse. I had worked at the same hospital for 6 years and all my coworkers knew. They never treated me any different

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Anonymous Story

Bipolar disorder is both the bane of my existence and one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received. It has; nearly killed me, devastated me financially, and to some extent, ostracized me from society. Yet it has taught me compassion, forgiveness, patience and appreciation for all that is good, kind and forgiving in our world......

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