I’m 58, reside in Canada, married for over 34 years, never had children but do have one ‘spoiled’ dog named “Emma”.
I’ve been struggling with major depressionfor many years, yet did recover enough to return to the workplace after a nine year absence. Presently, life finds me again dealing with major depression, unemployed and now a new illness to tackle, an eating disorder.
Writing has always been my passion, and I’ve been journaling off and on since I was in my teen years, and faithfully during my depression years and even presently.
Intense psychotherapy began in 1994 to deal PTSD (childhood sexual abuse), which ultimately led to years of major depression, hospitalizations, ECT treatments and unemployment. During these years I would journal daily, and thankfully I did as ECT robbed me of considerable long-term memory.
Those journals were of such assistance, as I was able to compose articles to articulate and express all of the emotions felt in areas of my life that were explored in therapy. Another patient during one of my hospitalizations suggested I start a blog. A blog? What the heck is a blog? I soon discovered what blogging entailed, collected my articles and began my first blog in 2003; afterwards conceiving “Living in Stigma” in 2007.
With “Living in Stigma”, opportunities have come my way in the form of a series of articles on mental health on the website “Mind Your Mind”, and in 2011, I was interviewed on “Safe Space Radio” from Portland, USA on the topic of “Mental Illness Stigma”.
Here is the radio podcast if you wish to hear it in it’s entirety: http://safespaceradio.com/2011/05/bipolar-stigma/
Also to my credit, I’ve had articles published in newspapers and a magazine, and self-published books on mental illness used in mental health groups in my city.
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