Thousand of people struggle every day with a mental illness. Just like the illness, the struggle is often times invisible. But just because we can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
These are stories of people living with mental illnesses. These are stories of people taking back control of their lives. These are stories of people battling their worst enemy, one day at a time.
The things we experience in our lives change us, for better or for worse.
For those who’ve experienced severe trauma, these changes might be even more profound. Learning to deal with the person that you’ve become is not an easy path.
Marc is a war veteran and he struggles with reconciling who he was with who he is now, every day.
If you, or anyone you know is experiencing post-traumatic stress, here are some resources:
Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (text 838255)
After years of loosing time and waking up without a memory of what had happened in the past year, month or week, Erika was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Due to severe trauma and abuse as a child, Erika’s Identity fragmented into separate, distinct identities that would take over for years at times.
For more information on DID:
Just as most mental health issues, anxiety manifests itself internally. Even though a person suffering from anxiety might know that the things worrying them are ridiculous, they can’t stop. It’s paralyzing.
For Michelle, learning to live with her anxiety meant learning to have real relationships.
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Life can change over night. With 41 years, a job and a family, Laura never thought that her world would be upside down in a matter of hours. Diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder, Laura has learned to cope with the loss of who she was and embrace the life that is still ahead.
Bi-polar disorder is characterized by unusual shifts in mood. If you think that you might have bi-polar disorder, the first step is to talk with a doctor. More info here:
One word. It’s all it takes to hurt someone in ways we cannot even comprehend. The “harmless” comments set Britanny on a path of self-destruction. She was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and she still struggles every day with the image in the mirror but she has learned how to live a healthier and happier life.
If you don’t feel comfortable with your body, check out Britanny’s website and these resources as well:
With high Highs and low Lows, Jody’s life was an emotional rollercoaster with no breaks. Learning she had Borderline personality disorder was the first step towards living a fulfilling life again.
Learn more about borderline personality disorder here:
The things we choose not do deal with don’t disappear. Matt buried his traumatic experiences as a child deep inside him, and years later they all started to come back.
Finding the “triggers” and learning how to cope with those memories were just the first step for Matt’s reconciliation with his past.
More information about dissociative disorder here: