Helen has battled with PTSD since she was a child. After battling with her sexual identity and coming out as a proud lesbian woman, she later discovered severe bouts of depression and was diagnosed with bipoar II. She and I discuss the impacts our sexual identities have on us, the need to protect others from our illnesses and issues, and so much more. It's so important we discuss the unfortunate fact that children are dealing with these things and to hear from those who did.
"Charlie" tells us about her struggles with depression, anxiety, bipolar and addiction. She dealt with self medicating and numbing with substances and behaviors until she was finally diagnosed as bipolar. She says that finding her diagnosis helped her "make sense of it all". Her biggest suggestion to us all is to find our art, and express ourselves in whatever way that may be.
Today, its just me. I'm gonna speak loud and proud about living with borderline personality disorder. I talk about how its affected my life, what the criteria is to be diagnosed, how its stigmatized, and what its like to live day to day with this diagnosis. I urge you to please listen and educate yourselves. There are so many people out there not getting the help they need because of this illness, stigmas, and a lack of education. 70% of borderlines will attempt suicide. Things have to change. We have to be aware and learn to judge a person by their character...and not by their illnesses.
Bree has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and PTSD. After a traumatic experience when losing her aunt, her grief grew until she developed PTSD. We talk about her story of coming out as a bisexual woman, and how that impacted her mental health. She and I discuss respect for ourselves and others and realize how key it is to any situation or any conversation.
I am so thrilled to say that in this episode, I do an interview with my husband. He and I talk very openly and honestly about how my mental health issues have affected him, how he's coped and how he's learned to help me. We later go into talking about situational depression and stigmas surrounding men and mental health. As much as some of this was very hard for me, I have to remember to have an open heart and open mind and to listen to him while he shares how its truly impacted him. These are conversations that should happen in relationships where mental health is an issue, and sometimes they're not so easy. I'm lucky to have an amazingly supportive and sarcastic as hell husband.
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Jess has dealt with trichotillomania since childhood. As a form of OCD, her battle with “trich” has become a form of comfort. This diagnosis is not really discussed, and is actually quite common. We discuss the difficulties of overcoming trauma, and the ways we deal, whether positive or negative. Jess’ story is going to help others like her to understand they aren’t alone and to help spread awareness on a topic/diagnosis we need to be aware of.
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In a special mini episode, we hear from an amazing 10 year old who opens up about dealing with anxiety, understanding others and the importance of parents helping their kids through their struggles. I am a lucky woman to have this kid in my life. He's going to do amazing things.
Katie is a social worker who does amazing work while still battling depression and anxiety. She has also had to live with epilepsy and its affects. Katie spent a while discovering and accepting herself as bisexual woman. We discuss the profound mental affects of not living a life as your true self and not accepting yourself as you are. I think that anyone questioning their sexuality or sexual identity will find a kinship in hearing her story. Remember, you are loved as you are, and you are never alone.
"Nicole" was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault, with an abusive mother, and multiple assaults as an adult, she has dealt with more pain than anyone should. She is a recovering addict and used drugs as a way to cope with her pain at an early age. She is now sober for many years and is learning to heal from her past. She is an inspiration and a true survivor. *WARNING: we discuss content and events of sexual assault which may be triggering*
Nichole is a social worker who has battled anxiety most of her life. College years for Nichole, weren't easy. She dealt with so many personal issues on top of being sexually assaulted, being in unheathy relationships, and finally being in a place where she was ready to take her own life. We talk briefly about the stigmas surrounding the HIV illness, talk about our personal sexual assault stories and being in a suicidal mindset. We're lucky to have kind hearted people like her, helping to make people's lives a little bit better.