Adult Mental Health
Voice of Anne
I had struggled for years
with mental illness. I married an abusive
alcoholic husband and divorced after 4 years. I was in and out of
psychiatric hospitals, misdiagnosed with depression and anxiety,
and put on medications that did not work. At the age of 34, I
was raped and suffered with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,
which only complicated my mental illness and diagnosis. I
couldn’t work, eat, or sleep, and I felt hopeless. I tried
suicide. Fortunately, I did not succeed. After 10 unsuccessful
psychiatric hospitalizations, I sought the help of HSI, which
changed my life. Finally, I was connected with the right
programs, which included help and treatment from their
therapists, psychiatrists, and case managers.
At one turning point in the process, I started having manic
episodes, and self medicated with alcohol and got a DWI.
HSI staff were right by my side to help me get through and get
stabilized. They worked with legal counsel to help me with the
legal issues and the DWI. They hospitalized me, gave me an
accurate diagnosis of Bipolar Disease, and put me on the right
combination of medications. And finally, HSI connected me
with the Mental Illness/Chemical Dependency Treatment
Program. They supported me through the whole time.
My whole outlook and life has changed. I am mentally stable and
healthy. I am able to work and I am engaged to be married this
fall. HSI helped me get me back on my feet by giving me the
support to continue living my life instead of living in my illness.
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