I'm Living Proof
Being diagnosed with a mood disorder as a teen can feel like a life sentence. Without success stories, it’s easy to think you will always feel this way and you won’t be able to have the life you had hoped for. Perhaps you remember this feeling when you were first diagnosed. Did life get better for you? Share your journey with teens experiencing mood disorders to give other’s hope because—you’re living proof!
Guiding questions to share your recovery story*
*What’s a recovery story? A recovery story shares your journey from your darkest points to the successes of your current life. It provides hope to others by showing that change is possible. It highlights your personal strengths and explains what tools and strategies have worked for you in overcoming challenges and maintaining your wellness.
Often times we may get caught in the pain of our stories and spend much of our time focused on how hard times were. While sharing some of this information is very helpful in that it shows the audience that you have been in similar places as them; focusing on it too much can turn your story into an illness story, rather than a recovery story.In order to assure that this does not happen in your story, we recommend that you spend less than one minute speaking about how things were at their worst and the remainder of the time sharing what helped you move out of that place, what you do to maintain your wellness now and what is happening in your life now that perhaps you didn’t think would be possible when you were first diagnosed.
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How will sharing my story help?
I would like to help others who are having/had a similar experience. How can I help?
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