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. Medications

    A quagmire of approaches and attitudes Bob Krzyzewski Reprinted from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2), pp. 12-13 My encounters with the mental health and medical systems substantially confused my recovery path. Ten years ago, ...

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  2. 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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  3. Medications

    Helping me enjoy the world go by Howard Dempster Reprinted from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2), pp. 15-16 I’ve been in the mental health care circle for almost 15 years, trying to get to the bottom of what is going on with m ...

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  4. Tardive Dyskinesia

    A side effect of stigma Susan Katz Reprinted from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2), pp. 16-17 I have tardive dyskinesia (TD), a brain disorder that causes its victims to have uncontrollable muscle movements or tics. My movemen ...

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  5. A Pharmaceutical Sunset With a Side Order of Weight Gain, Please!

    Simone Dina-Blunck Web-only article from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2) By the time I reached my mid-teens, I realized that there was something wrong with me. I just didn’t know what it was. Mental illness was a taboo topic ...

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  6. A Sudden Stop

    Medication management taken out of my control Patricia Harding Web-only article from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2) I want to tell you about something that happened to me. Everyone can learn something from this story, and th ...

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  7. A Parent's Point of View

    Hazel Gillespie Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 16 As the mother of two girls between the ages 21 and 19, I have found that parenting is very difficult. I was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder when ...

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  8. Valuable Advice

    Jim Gifford Reprinted from Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal, 2003, 1(18), p. 19 Lately, to my elderly and blind mother, I have been orally reading The Right Words At The Right Time by Marlo Thomas. Famous and well-known persons such ...

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  9. Self-Management of Psychosis and Schizophrenia

    Dana* Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1 (18), pp. 18-19 To some it might sound like an oxymoron, but many believe it possible that people with schizophrenia can manage this illness in a way that will enable them ...

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  10. The Challenge to Manage

    Nan Dickie Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1 (18), pp. 14-15 As a person with a 40-year history of recurring depression (unipolar mood disorder), I am encouraged by the new language and strategies that have recen ...

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