Today I would like to share with you a journey of hope and possibility. If for a moment I could rewind time, the person you see standing here today would look very different and function in a very different capacity.
I am a woman in long-term recovery recently divorced with two children. I work for a community mental health center, am involved with multiple 12-step programs and volunteer in the Denver area. I faced many challenges when dealing with my
Alcohol became an issue for me at a very young age, and my behavior earned me the title “crazy girl” by my classmates. In my teenage years I began showing symptoms of bipolar disorder and it was difficult for my
Hi, I am Laurie Woodman and I want to tell you a personal story of recovery that I never thought could happen. The concept was so new to me and I did not believe it was possible for a farm
Meet David… By the time I was in my second year of my PhD I had published/presented 54 medical papers, published 6 peer reviewed medical papers, was contributing author on one book, owned and operated my own consulting company in
Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Will Never Hurt You
Written by Thomas Wilson I want you to remember two names and one saying when you read this. The names are Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and Thomas Bowman Wilson, the latter is my father. The saying is “sticks and stones may
What Recovery Means to Me
I could easily spend 10 hours telling my war stories that happened in my life, but I have ten minutes, and I’d rather spend it on what really matters. I was suicidal since the sixth grade, and depressed, anxious, self-conscious,
What’s this Murphy Bill all about? Part 1
by Kate Fitch One major emphasis in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is the increase in funding toward, and financial incentive to States for implementing, “Assisted Outpatient Treatment.” This is less euphemistically known as Involuntary Outpatient Commitment.
“I’m sooo OCD!”
by Kate Fitch Today’s post is about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD seems to be a common joke when someone seems tidy, or the subject of photo series’ on the internet depicting things with bothersome asymmetry. These might look familiar:
Expanding your Emotional Vocabulary: Part 2
by Kate Fitch Happy Humpday! Today we’re continuing with expanding our emotional vocabulary. Anxiety is a feeling we’re all familiar with, but sometimes it can be described better with another word. ANXIOUS could be… Afraid Agitated Alarmed Apprehensive Concerned Dismayed