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. Depression—From ‘Mess’ to Message

    Celine Diaz Reprinted from "Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (2), pp. 10-11 I didn’t notice it at first; depression just crept up on me. After seven months had gone by without a dark cloud lifting from my head I realized something ...

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  2. Did I need an attitude adjustment!

    Shifting to youth concurrent disorders: A professional story Linda J. Barker, MSW Reprinted from "Treatments for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3 (1), pp. 13-14 Eight months ago I made a job change after working for 20 years as a ...

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  3. 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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  4. Does a Person Have to Look Sick...

    ... to be considered sick? Kate Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), p. 18 When people, including professionals, think of mental illness, their perception may be of a person who is not taking care of themselves and their ...

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  5. Doing Time

    Curtis Arthur Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(8), pp. 18-19 My name is Curtis. I'm a federal inmate doing five years for crimes that I accept full responsibility for; crimes that stem from an eight-year a ...

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  6. Don’t Call Me ‘Borderline!'

    Elizabeth Bogod Reprinted from "BPD" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (1), p. 13 When I first learned that I have the commonly misunderstood mental illness called borderline personality disorder (BPD), this was my initial reaction: do not call ...

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  7. Don’t Give Up—Things Do Get Better

    Barry Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 12-14 Long before the words date rape were even invented. When having a child out of so-called wedlock was worse than catching the bubonic plague. Mother and child bore a ...

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  8. Double Trouble

    People diagnosed with both a mental illness and an addiction are falling through the cracks of the public health system because of a lack of coordinated services David Carrigg Reprinted from "Concurrent Disorders" issue of ...

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  9. 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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  10. EAP—The Corporate Band-Aid

    An employee and union rep perspective on workplace challenges *Daat Sii Reprinted from "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 14-16 The Employee Assistance Program (EAP): the ‘panacea for the people.’ It’s there to help you with ...

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