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Testimonials and Quotes

I want to take a moment to let you know the incredible impact Care For Your Mind has upon me, both as a contributor and as a reader.

Care For Your Mind provides me with what I need in several respects, the primary one being the increased ability to both support and be supported by others who truly understand what it is like to live with co-occurring conditions. I use the words "live with", as that is very much what it offers me - the ability to truly live due to the hope it offers!

As a licensed healthcare provider myself, as well as a fully-licensed insurance agent, I view it as vital to boost health and maintain cost through this kind of platform. Electronic interface versus location-based delivery has far-reaching effects, in my opinion. Off-site communications and peer support can reach many people with chronic conditions, as well as can reach those in rural areas.

I began my relationship with DBSA as part of CFYM. I am now quite active with DBSA both as a donor and an Advocate. I want to learn more about how I may affect legislation in the state of Texas and take my proper place in terms of educating those around me, regarding how we may attain excellence in mental health in my state. Care For Your Mind keeps me educated, informed and motivated to do so.

Thank you DBSA for Care For Your Mind! As one who lost my own father to depression and alcoholism, I wish he was here to see this. Dad was a well-educated physician who served his country in the Vietnam war. Upon his return and upon his death, he stated to me: "Tell them I died of the stigma", and I agreed I would write about the impact of stigma. I have kept my word to him and I will to myself as a consumer, as well as to others.

I could not do it without the incredible support you offer me.

–Kimberly Allen, LCDC, DBSA Care for Your Mind Supporter

There's just so much we can accomplish as a community, as you guys well know. DBSA helped me through a really rough time and I'd like to pass that same experience on to as many people as we can, you know.
–DBSA Chapter Leader
The members of my DBSA support group reached out to me and made me realize that I was not alone. If not for the support that I received from this organization, I probably wouldn't be here…
–DBSA Support Group Participant

I've learned in-person support groups allow me to liberate, educate, empower myself and others to move beyond problems of body and brain. DBSA is a fantastic community led resource for hope, help, education through peer led support groups.

My experience using wellness tracking tools has allowed me to self-monitor myself in the following areas, at some point in my recovery: sleep routine, medicine/vitamin compliance, mood, thought, feeling, behavior charting, food, nicotine, and caffeine charting. All have allowed me to remain independent, to work, pay bills, thrive, travel, and to remain married, to the same spouse!

–Brian, Pennsylvania


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Peer Life Unlimited Stories

Randi Kranz

Randi Kranz

I always knew something wasn’t right. Throughout childhood, I swung back and forth between states of high energy and low self esteem. As a young girl, I turned to self help books and inspirational quotes to try to fix what didn’t seem right. I could never understand why I didn’t seem like everyone else. I was a cheerleader and sang in the choir in junior high school. I always felt like an outsider. Continue Reading

  

Hakeem Rahim

Hakeem Rahim

“Never Give Up.” Three bold words written across my favorite SGI International t-shirt. The simple phrase resonates with a lesson that I learned from living with bipolar disorder: be relentless. Living with bipolar disorder for twelve and a half years made me relentless in never giving up on myself, in fully pursing my spirituality, and in never giving up on others. Continue Reading


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Peer Ambassador Stories

Cory Collins

Cory Collins, DBSA Ambassador

My name is Cory Collins and I have Bipolar Disorder. When I found out a year ago, it was a huge blow to me. It took me back to the 4th grade when I was diagnosed with various learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD. At that young of an age you don't know what to tell kids when they ask why I was all of a sudden in a different classroom. Little did I know that what was thought to be signs of ADHD would actually turn out to be Bipolar. Continue Reading

  

Jaclyn M. Daniels

Jaclyn M. Daniels, DBSA Ambassador

Since childhood, I had always struggled with security issues. I remember from a very young age feeling worthless, but not wanting to tell my parents for fear it would hurt their feelings. It grew especially bad as I entered high school, where body insecurity became prevalent in my mind. That coupled with other devaluing feelings and emotions I had sent me spiraling into several depressions. I did not seek help. "Depression" was not something children had in my family. We should just "get over it." So into college, I tried. Continue Reading


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