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Recovery from the “Beast”: Rocky, but Possible

February 14, 2017

By Joe DiGiovanni … The memory seems surreal to me now: One Sunday in the winter of 2011, I sat on my bed filling out a formal separation request online. The act would have shattered almost 21 years of marriage. The “beast” of my mental illness appeared to have finally broken me down. Luckily, my Read More »

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Relief When Depression Reaches a Fever Pitch

February 2, 2017

By Bianca Chapman … One Saturday night a couple of years ago, the depression and voices in my head reached a fever pitch. I looked over to my phone and thought of reaching out for help. Who could I call? I eventually decided to call my church pastor. Despite the time — 8 o’clock at Read More »

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Navigating Holidays With Mentally Ill Loved Ones

January 26, 2017

By KC … We just made it through another holiday season. Often at that time of year, the question is asked, “How do we balance hosting parties in our home when our mentally ill loved one’s illness is in overdrive?” Unless violent behavior is a factor, my advice is to reduce your expectations of a Read More »

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Mental Illness, Criminal Justice: My Bright Side

January 19, 2017

By Sharon Lyons … We, NAMI advocates, have problems with the criminal justice system. But when I look back, that system and my mental illness pushed me (fearfully) toward a psychiatrist who helped. That psychiatrist diagnosed me with schizophrenia in 1994 after I was charged with two crimes that very tough year. I will always mark Read More »

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