Speaking Up Helps Break The Stigma of Mental Health.

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Growing Up With PTSD

I have it. For years I wished I didn't, but I do. It's been with me for 30 years now. I have PTSD. I got it due to child abuse, domestic violence, & sexual assault…

Is this my daughter?

Our journey began in 2013…I’m at work and got a call from my daughter’s dad who took her for a routine follow up appointment. On the other end of the call was her…

Stress ball

I have a 7 year old that has ADHD and 4 months ago we were hit head on by a drunk driver. This changed my daughter’s outlook of life. She is afraid to let me go to work…

I know there is hope

I work as a therapist for children and families that struggle with multigenerational mental illness. I specifically address early intervention opportunities with children…

Three Major Crises

My daughter who is 13 has overcome three major crises within the past year. She endured her parents separating, her grandmother dying two weeks later, plus being…

A Suicidal 3rd Grader

It was a week before school was about to begin when the school counselor made a trip to my room. She smiled at me and said, " You will have John in your class this year.…

Everyday is a new day

I have a 24 year old son who suffers from bipolar disorder and also has Asperger's. The disease had dominated our home and eclipsed much of what we do as a family. My…

I'm not my disorder

At a young age, I saw a psychiatrist for the first time. It was a constant battle with my physical health, but I realized that I was not normal. I then started seeing a…

My brother's obstacles made him stronger

Growing up, my younger brother was always different or difficult. As he got older, his personality and actions didn't improve. Instead, they became more disruptive in his…

The stigma needs to be eliminated

I am a strong proponent of sharing the story about all three of my sons being diagnosed with autism. When tragic events (like Sandy Hook) are reported down to every last…

My four year old student

As a teacher, I was honored to be loved by many...my story to share is about Andrew. When I met him he was 4 and the oldest of 3. His grandfather told me he would no…