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. On the Morning Tides

    Hope in self-management of mental illness Scott Whyte Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1(18), p. 20 It seems like a long time ago and so far away. I am speaking of my near breakdown and diagnosis of bipolar disord ...

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  2. Dear Dad

    Christine Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), p. 17 When Elizabeth, the Executive Director of ANAD, asked me if I would write a letter to you about our relationship during my illness, I said yes right away without eve ...

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  3. Caring for the Aged

    Sometimes, denial is the biggest obstacle in treating a mental illness Elizabeth Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 25-26 Over the past years, we as a family have experienced the frustration of watching our moth ...

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  4. My Path to Wellness

    From psychotic depression to recovery Debbie Sesula Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1(18), pp. 22-23 Part 1: Enslaved by Mental Illness The year is 1988. I was just your average university student struggling thro ...

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  5. Psychosis

    A parent's perspective Mike Singleton Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 18-19 All parents have a special bond with their children. They conceive and then nurture them, helping them grow toward adulthood. Th ...

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  6. A Family Story

    An insider’s look at growing up in a family unaware of problems with depression, anxiety and alcohol Murphy Kennedy Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 42-44 As far back as I can remember, I felt like an outsider, ...

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  7. Holding on While Letting Go

    The contradictions of teenage mental illness Pam Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 20-21 Our 16 year-old son had just emerged from his bedroom. For most of the day, he had been agitated and uncommunicative. At o ...

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  8. Living with Depression

    Dena Lea Reprinted from "Mood Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2000, 1(11), p. 8 Have you ever tried to put on a happy face when you weren't feeling bright and cheery? Because of the nature of depression, it took me years to get into tr ...

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  9. A Sibling's Story

    A sister's perspective on recovery from addiction From Grief to Action member Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Vsions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 26 I adore my younger brother. He means the world to me. There isn't anything I wouldn ...

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  10. Elizabeth Ando's Nightmare

    One mother's obsessive cleaning almost cost her everything Mark Hume Reprinted in "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2) pp. 14-15 At first she seemed like an ultra-domestic housewife. Everything was in its place, the floors were ...

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