I stumbled upon this series in the New York Times recently called:
“Lives Restored; Managing Severe Mental Illness”
It was originally published in October (but somehow slipped past my radar) -I would highly recommend checking this series out. For better or worse, they’re a lot different than anything I’ve read in the NY Times up to this point.
Part 1 – Rescuing Others
Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight
Part 2 – Living with Voices
Learning to Cope with a Mind’s Taunting Voices
Part 3 – Finding a Life That Fits
A High-profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills
Part 4 – Meaning in Madness
Finding Purpose After Living With Delusion
Part 5 – Dual Diagnoses
After Drugs and Dark Times, Helping Others to Stand Back Up
I was pretty shocked that all of the people in this series came forward and were willing to share their stories with the NY Times, something I find incredibly inspiring (even if I don’t agree 100% with everything said). Anyway, this series gave me a little hope -not necessarily in becoming stable or finding my place in this world, but hope that people want to hear more, they want to learn about what people with mental illness go through, and that there are others trying hard to help fight the stigma surrounding it.
Check it out!