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What I Wish You Knew About PTSD and Veterans

By Nikki Dawson, Graduate Intern at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania One of the biggest disconnects between civilians, and veterans and service members, is the myth that if we’ve been to war we have posttraumatic stress disorder. I understand how easy it would be to fall into that mindset; as often times, when veterans make headlines, especially [...]

By | 2017-12-13T13:18:23+00:00 November 11th, 2017|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What I Wish You Knew About PTSD and Veterans

Recovering Successfully: Five Steps to Follow

By Shawn Pfeuffer 1. Determining what stage of recovery you are in. Many of those living with a mental health condition are in different stages of recovery. There are simply so many levels of recovery for every mental health condition out there. I live with bipolar, brief psychosis, and general anxiety disorder. My recovery is [...]

By | 2017-12-13T13:23:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories|Comments Off on Recovering Successfully: Five Steps to Follow

The Possible Impossible

By Cara Lyons Ever since I was young, I have always had a strange fascination with hospitals. While my parents hated hospitals because they reminded them of death and dying, I couldn't help but be amazed by how someone could come into the emergency room on the brink of dying, but walk out alive and [...]

By | 2017-12-13T13:28:40+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Personal Stories|Comments Off on The Possible Impossible

Nine Thoughts on Schizophrenia

Nine Thoughts on Schizophrenia By DJ Jackson 1. Violence. I’ve been a consumer in the mental health system since 1997 and I’ve encountered about 3 people (all men), that have what we call ‘The Violent streak.’ Most people are just working hard at feeling well, and getting through the day in one piece. For some [...]

By | 2017-07-06T13:51:11+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Personal Stories|Comments Off on Nine Thoughts on Schizophrenia

Out of the Darkness

By Jeffrey T. Fitzwilliam I experienced social anxiety when I was only five years old. I couldn’t speak to anyone, especially girls, all of my elementary school years. In 1958 there was NO awareness or understanding of Mental Health so I was just considered shy and told by many to “just snap out of it and [...]

By | 2016-04-15T14:05:25+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Personal Stories|Comments Off on Out of the Darkness

Life is a journey, not a destination…

By Gayl Augello: My life has been anything but dull, this is for sure! My diagnosis came while I was in high school. It came after a mental break after trying to be too strong, from traumas in my childhood, for too long. I was 17 years old and rebelling against everything in my life. [...]

By | 2016-02-01T15:07:59+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Personal Stories|Comments Off on Life is a journey, not a destination…

Recovery is a Process

By Lizzy: My first break with reality came when I was 25. It was the summertime, and I was a high-school teacher who had my summer off. I was severely depressed and would stay in bed all day. I was isolating, not eating, not sleeping at night, and drinking a lot of caffeine and alcohol. [...]

By | 2015-12-29T18:28:55+00:00 December 29th, 2015|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories|Comments Off on Recovery is a Process