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. A Different Kind of Teenage 'Angst'

    Recollecting a Panic-Ridden Adolescence Sarah Reprinted from "Anxiety Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(14), pp.10-11 I have always felt that I've inherited a hypersensitive nervous system from my mother, and she, from her mother ...

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  2. A Parent's Story

    Loving and supporting an anxious son Keli Anderson Reprinted with permission from AnxietyBC's STRIDES newsletter, April 2004, pp. 2-3 There is hope.... There was a time not so long ago (five years ago to be exact), when I thought my 10 year old son w ...

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  3. A Place to Call Their Own

    Donna Murphy Web-only article from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6) My first impression of the psychiatric unit at our local hospital was much the same as my 17-year-old son Kelly's: we were terrified. I knew that Kelly needed ...

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  4. Adulting

    Reham Cojuangco Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 24-27 Transitions in life are a time for self-discovery, so I’m learning. I am in a generation where phrases like: “I’m having a quarter life ...

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  5. Amrik's Bout with Schizophrenia

    Margaret Little Reprinted from "Treatments" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 14-15 In 2003, at the age of 22, Amrik* had just graduated from a US university with a Computer Engineering degree. He was a normal, well-adjusted young gradua ...

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  6. Bullying at School Can Take the Sunshine Out of Life

    Darlene and Lenette Doskoch Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 15-17 A daughter’s story Hi, my name is Lenette Doskoch and I have generalized anxiety disorder. I don’t know exactly what to write. Remembering what ...

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  7. Cutting Class

    A mother’s perspective on self-harm  Joleen* Reprinted from  "Young People: Self-Injury"  issue of  Visions Journal, 2017, 13 (2), p. 17 I recall my girl, prettiest doll ever: blond curly hair, the bluest eyes, her grandfather’s dimples, and a s ...

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  8. Cutting Through the Binary

    Self-injury and self-acceptance from a gender-nonconforming perspective Elliot* Reprinted from  "Young People: Self-Injury"  issue of  Visions Journal, 2017, 13 (2), p. 14 I have been fascinated by pain for as long as I can remember. As a young ...

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  9. Depression—From ‘Mess’ to Message

    Celine Diaz Reprinted from "Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (2), pp. 10-11 I didn’t notice it at first; depression just crept up on me. After seven months had gone by without a dark cloud lifting from my head I realized something ...

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  10. Did I need an attitude adjustment!

    Shifting to youth concurrent disorders: A professional story Linda J. Barker, MSW Reprinted from "Treatments for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3 (1), pp. 13-14 Eight months ago I made a job change after working for 20 years as a ...

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