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. Psychosis on Burnaby Mountain

    What doesn't kill me makes me stronger Dana* Reprinted from "Supported Education" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1(17), pp. 16-17 To its student body, Simon Fraser University's architecture and location — perched high up on Burnaby Mo ...

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  2. Lost and Found

    Gaining an understanding of the power of compassion through experience Gordon Harper Reprinted from "Concurrent Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(1), p. 25 Some years ago, I found myself driven to my knees by my own addiction. Oh, wha ...

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  3. 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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  4. My Daughter is my Guardian Angel

    The joy of a new child might not always feel so joyful Donna Lea Zwick Reprinted in "Mood Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2000, 1(11), p. 15 Four months after my second child, a daughter, was born, I strolled along the boardwalk of Stevesto ...

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  5. Discovering My Dragon

    And starting to tame it Neil Reprinted from "Concurrent Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(1), p. 22 In some ways I've just landed, treading solid ground instead of shifting sands. I'm a landed immigrant, having arrived from ...

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  6. My Brother's Nightmare

    Coming to terms with learning to manage hallucinations MC Wong Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1(18), pp. 17-18 People who cannot distinguish reality from illusion may be worse off than those who are terminally i ...

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  7. Drowning Pool

    An editor's journey with alcoholism Paul Sullivan Reprinted from "Alcohol" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 2(9), pp. 18-19 I think I realized I was an alcoholic as I was trying to convince myself I wasn't one. I was a young man and qui ...

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  8. Me and Detox

    On beating my demons Patrick Schnerch Reprinted from "Alcohol" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 2(9), pp. 20-22 Prologue On a Friday night in November 2004, I was so drunk leaving the bar that I didn't know how to get home. I staggered the s ...

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  9. 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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  10. My Life

    From one extremity to the other Michelle Dean Reprinted from "Treatments" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 15-17 How did 'it' happen? Food, at times, has been my ‘friend’ and confidant (over-eating). Other times it has been my ...

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