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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Through Sickness and Health

    A wife's account of her husband's mood disorder Sarah Hamid-Balma Reprinted from "Seniors" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(15), pp. 19-20 Verne Smithman, 76, of Langley is proof that depression can strike any gender and any age. In t ...

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  4. 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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  5. Nourishing a Body With Self-Esteem

    Our daughter taught us eating disorders aren't just about food Doreen Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(16), p. 21 Sometimes it's a chore being the baby of the family. Everyone walking before you has d ...

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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