Breaking Taboos Surrounding Mental Health Issues
I've personally experienced the cloaking of mental health issues. I too know how it feels to be avoided, cast out, not taken seriously or judged a lesser person because I suffered a mental and physical breakdown.
Now, 3 years later, I'm ready to share with others MY story, to help where I can in dissolving some of the taboos still surrounding mental health illness in this day and age.
The month is August and the year, 1996. Just thinking back hurts, but I want to get the facts straight and tell the story right. I wrote down my thoughts during that period, for myself; to bring back some order in the chaos which were my feelings and thoughts at the time, and for my children; because I wanted them to understand what their mother had felt, if and when they ever wondered about it and I wasn't there to explain it to them myself. At that point I was totally unsure of anything, let alone my future.
I haven't looked at these personal notes since that devastating period in my life, so I'm reliving it with you as I write this down.
Read about the symptoms leading up to my eventual breakdown & institutionalization here.
To visit pages made by OTHER people who tell their stories or help shed some light on the subject of the different mental health afflictions and symptoms, then click on these valuable (as in vastly informative) LINKS I've collected during my searches of the web:
Age Of The Mind
Agoraphobia, Anxiety and Depression
Borderline Personality Disorder (1)
Borderline Personality Disorder (2)
Books Regarding Mental Health
Crisis, Grief and Healing
Human Mind Webring
Mental Health Directory
This Too Shall Pass
You Are Not Alone
Tripod Interact Mental Health Pod
Anxiety and Mood Disorder Webring
Supportive Souls Mental Health Guide
Sonja's (aka Skydancer) Angels Of Hope Links & Resources.
Be sure to visit the sites of these couragous women who tell you about their own heart wrenching experiences:
Read about Teddy's childhood trauma's:
TLynn's childhood in striking poetry:
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