The Validity of a Silent Call for Help

Author: Val Berenshtein During the past couple of weeks... I have been spending a descent amount of time on social media – perhaps more time than I think is necessary for myself. I have been looking at status updates from my peers, articles and posts that my family shares, and photos that my friends from … Continue reading The Validity of a Silent Call for Help

Winning a Battle Over Depression and Anxiety: Sara’s Story

Author: Sara B. When dealing with a mental illness, reaching out for help can be extremely taunting and hard.  I am sharing my story with you so that you can see how I went from hiding my pain to talking to others and searching for the correct treatment that could help me get better.  I … Continue reading Winning a Battle Over Depression and Anxiety: Sara’s Story

My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

Author: Sarah M. I am not my anxiety. I am not my panic disorder. I am not my depression, and I am not my suicidal ideations. I am not my irrational thoughts about not wanting to leave my house. I am not my thoughts about wanting to crash my car, and I am not dramatic. … Continue reading My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

I Will Rise: Lauren’s Story

Author: Lauren S. Mental illnesses are becoming more and more common. In my honest opinion, I feel that everyone deals with a mental illness at some point in their lives; however, no matter what disorder someone may be battling, there is always a possibility to recover. Help is always available, no matter what. I was … Continue reading I Will Rise: Lauren’s Story

Prioritize Yourself and Your Health

Author: Valery B. On the day that I was hospitalized for anorexia and bulimia, I vowed to myself that I would do everything in my power – once I got better – to help people in similar situations gain the courage, strength and bravery to speak out about their struggles and to seek help. I … Continue reading Prioritize Yourself and Your Health

Nobody Saw Me Dying: A Struggle with Depression and Suicide

Author: Valery B. Not too long ago, I stood by my bathroom window, my head touching the cold glass. My eyes were staring into the grey mist of the world, while tears streamed down my cheeks. The moment was marked by silence. Nobody saw me. Nobody heard me. I was standing and crying – as I … Continue reading Nobody Saw Me Dying: A Struggle with Depression and Suicide

The Light in the Dark Forest of Mental Illness

Author: Valery B. We come into this world as helpless human beings, relying on outside sources for survival and prosperity. Our first breaths are marked by a screaming mother, a proud –  yet scared – father, a plethora of doctors, nurses, medications, tubes, hospital gadgets and commotion.It is as if we enter a battle field … Continue reading The Light in the Dark Forest of Mental Illness

No Matter Who Puts You down, Never Give Up

Author: Valery B. What is it like to constantly be put down, to endlessly be reminded that you are not succeeding, that you are not heading in the "right direction", that what you are doing and who you are becoming are simply not good enough?  I will tell you that it is not pleasant. Frankly, it … Continue reading No Matter Who Puts You down, Never Give Up

When Home Becomes a Major Contributor to Depression

Author: Valery B. It is not always easy living in a home where turmoil seems to be the "thing that keeps giving". When tears and angst, cruel sarcasm and disregard, screaming and door-slamming become parts of the daily routine, how do we overcome that? How do we fake a smile every time we go out … Continue reading When Home Becomes a Major Contributor to Depression