FACEing Mental Illness

Carrie Seidman
Sharing stories from people with lived mental health experience
Created 09 Jan 2021
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  • Turning painful memories into art
    13 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Kathleen Swenson of Albuquerque, New Mexico Kathleen Swenson can’t ever remember having a relationship with her mother like the kind she read about in story books. When her parents divorced not long a...
  • Figuring it out on his own
    06 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 9 3
    Stephen Cuddy Stephen Cuddy was in his early 20s, working at his first professional job with Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, when he started experiencing common symptoms of depression. Though by n...
  • Lemons to lemonade
    29 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 9 6
    Richard Weingarten Richard Weingarten was 28 years old when the life he’d imagined crumbled before his eyes. “Stanford psychiatrist Irvin Yalom said depression was often the result of losing a special...
  • Ten piles of 10 pills
    22 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 5 0
    Annelise Adams This story contains content that could be upsetting or triggering for some individuals. Please exercise your best judgment and self care in choosing whether or not to read it. If you ne...
  • 'The hardest role I've ever filled'
    15 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 8 4
    Susan Stasiak This story contains content that could be upsetting or triggering for some individuals. Please exercise your best judgment and self care in choosing whether or not to read it. If you nee...
  • After decades of struggle, a difficult diagnosis
    08 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 10 4
    Sharon Fitzpatrick with a “spirit animal.” (Provided by Sharon Fitzpatrick) From an early age Sharon Fitzpatrick felt both unusually prescience and uneasily out of sync with the world around her. She ...
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