Personal Stories

Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.

Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.

  1. Perennials

    A survivor and thriver of manic depression Tara Web-only article from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3) One might think that after 3 "nervous breakdowns" it's time to give up. Well, the first one occurred when I was ...

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  2. Interview with Pete Wentz from halfofus.com

    Pete Wentz Web-only article from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 4 (3) Beginnings I started doing music when I was about fourteen, and it got serious actually when I transferred into DePaul and I found myself, you know, with like, not ...

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  3. Medication Madness

    V.J. Reprinted from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2), pp. 13-14 Medication can be a ‘tough pill to swallow.’ I am currently on two mood stabilizers, an antipsychotic, an antidepressant, an antianxiety med and a sleeping pill. ...

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  4. Medications and Youth on the Street

    Don McGinnis Reprinted from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2), pp. 18-20 John* and Angela* John is 17 years old. He’s spent the last two years couch surfing or living on the street or in a youth shelter. His parents are divorce ...

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