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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Allowing Life In

    Mindfulness as an alternative to alcohol Maureen, BA, MPA Reprinted from "Mindfulness" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 16 I’ve been a worrier and prone to anxiety for as long as I can remember. Both my late mother and my sister have b ...

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