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 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Limitations and Complexities of my Self-Management

    Sarah Hamid-Balma Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1 (18), pp. 15-16 I recently learned that my mental disorder (unipolar depression) will be a life-long battle. It was hard to hear, after seven years on medicatio ...

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  6. It’s Not a Burden

    Caregiving, mental illness and declining physical health Amanda Reprinted from "MInd-Body Connection" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 10 (2), p. 11 My dad has been ill for my entire life—I’m 31 years old. He has struggled with alcohol dependence ...

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  7. Is There Love After the Psych Ward?

    Victoria Maxwell, BFA, BPP* Reprinted from "Couples" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 10 (4), p.17 I’ve been with my husband Gord for 14 years and married to him for eight. Nine years before I met him, I was diagnosed with my mental-illness trife ...

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  8. 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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  9. The Imposter

    Emmy Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 11 (3), pp. 20-21 I’m an impostor. That was all I could think as I shopped for a business outfit to wear for a meeting three hours later with a former colleague who wan ...

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  10. 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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