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Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

  When I look at you or even think of you my heart literally starts skipping beats. Not just one but a skipping them in patterns. Short beats that take my breath away long beats that seem to take years to finish their course It feels like the flow of blood is trying to spell out you're in love, in morse code I'm so happy that I met you when I...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

"Mental illness never seemed like something that would be prevalent in my life. I seemed to have the regular apple pie, cookie cutter, whatever you want to call it, suburban life. Two loving parents, an older sister, family dog. We were a nice middle class family in a nice home in a nice town. It was all that, nice. But mental illness doesn't care...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    “it is striking how often we don't talk about mental health concerns. to me it is a part of the human condition and if we have the good fortune to live into adulthood then we will all face struggles and challenges. in my own life my first problems were with anxiety and stress in my late teens and into my twenties which were exacerbated by...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    “I have struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember. Understanding why I was struggling was one of the hardest parts, and conceptualizing the idea that it was not my fault was even harder. In the third grade, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety. This wrecked havoc on my life for many years....

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

“Hi, I was suffering from Mild depression and mood swings from my childhood but unfortunately never knew how to deal with them and where to take help in the country where I came from. When I reflect on my past experiences, thoughts, actions and emotions I was always trying to fight back my negative thoughts about myself and take a leap into...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    “I do not have clinical depression or anxiety. However, there have been times where the stress of school and life have completely overwhelmed me. About once a semester I have a breakdown where I cry a lot for 2-3 days. I always know and do get past the stressful moments but in those times it can be very difficult to see the light at the end...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    "I have a small pamphlet style poetry book called Suicidal Poems with stories about and imagined from my mental illness struggles, namely hypomania." Forward from the pamphlet: “For much of my life I have enjoyed suffering from an undiagnosed untreated mental illness. It was never any surprise to me that I was manic. It has been the main...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    “The Line 4/12/17 there's a line somewhere deep inside your brain that separates the neurotic from the psychotic. if you're lucky you've never seen this line you've never had to wonder which side you fell on because you of course just know you’re normal and not crazy like me but i live on this line on the border of this line i am not...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    “I spent a week in a psychiatric facility for attempting suicide. But at the same time I was thriving in my job, keeping up my grades, and continuing my relationships. My mental health issues were just a part of my life that needed extra care, it did/does not define me as a person. I am thankful for my time spent there and you would never...

Division of Mental Health and Substance Use

    “My parents got divorced when I was 13, and I decided to move with my mom. At the age of 14 I ran away from home and lived with an ex. My mom worked a night job and would stop coming home in the mornings. Our fridge was never full, and I remember there being just a lemon, an onion and a pack of tortillas. So, I left. The guy who I was...