• A Realistic Look at How Mental Health Issues Affect Your Life and How to Cope

    Insomnia, Depression, Bipolar, Obesity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Anxiety, Irritable Bowel SyndromeMy name is Janice Marie Alexander. I am the author of two books and a nationally published-award winning artist. I went to graduate school at Regis University. I raised two sons who were both disabled while suffering for over 35 years with ALL of the (above) problems. I was diagnosed by a top psychiatrist in Minneapolis, MN with Bipolar disorder in 2000. Now, without ANY ...

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    Tags:
    depression,
    mental health,
    substance abuse,
    obesity,
    schizophrenic
  • Hell and The Ghost Train

    Please Note: This piece contains references to suicide. I think I am in Hell. Coming from a religious upbringing I was told that Hell is your worst ever fears all in one place. So I think that is where I am. The ride has stopped but it's still dark and I'm still afraid. I can hear voices but this time they are telling me that things are definitely not ok. Things are never going to ...

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    Tags:
    hope,
    Suicide,
    Anxiety,
    Depression
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  • Cage (War Inside My Head)

    Please Note: This Story Discusses Suicide. Why are you still here? Was there ever a time when you weren't? I never asked for you to be here, why can't you go away? You say that you're my ally and that you're my only friend, why do you corrupt me? They're not against me. You have a silver tongue that tells me lies, yet when I try to overpower you and resist, I always lose. You ...

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    Tags:
    Suicide,
    Depression,
    Anger
  • Death of a celebrity

    It’s so sad to hear that someone whose persona, energy and work was so lovingly admired, has taken their own life. I am so glad for all of the open conversations that are popping up all across the media and social media. I haven’t heard one sick joke about his death, which is refreshing, instead I’ve heard compassion and understanding and an out pouring of not just grief, but of people sharing their own experiences ...

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    Tags:
    depression,
    talking,
    Suicide