My experience with Mental Illness started and bit over two an a half years after I gave birth to my beautiful little girl. I was diagnosed with postpartum depression after I had my little girl. Had DCYF involvement with my little girl in Central part of the state of Hew Hampshire. Because they left that her biological father and I couldn’t take care of her basic needs. whShe’s been in foster care this whole time. Her biological father doesn’t realize how lucky we’ve been that she’s been the same foster family this whole time which is very rare. I was ordered by the Claremont New Hampshire family court to go through counseling. Which I have now been doing for almost two years now.
This is when the Diagnosis changed from Postpartum Depression to Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety and Mixed Depressed Moods. This diagnosis was given because I was dealing with with DCYF, with my daughter father who wasn’t understanding the full gravity of the situation that we were in with our little girl. I worked with DCYF for a total of eighteen wonderful months.
I live in the Great North West in Portland, Oregon. I am a volunteer to two Connection group now. I was first diagnosed with Borderline Personalty Disorder in 1983 while in the US ARMY. I was also diagnosed at the time with Adjustment disorder.
After I was let out of the ARMY I spent a year in adult foster care taking a year off of life. After that year I became a telephone technician. I did that for twenty years. At age 40 my life became a living hell. I just fell apart at my seams. I have been in and out of the VA Hospital here in Portland 33 times since 2002.
I have NAMI to thank for my stability today. Not only did I start going to NAMI Connection group. I was very reluctant to walk in to that first meeting, but the facilitator was very kind and in a soft voice said to have a seat. Today he is a very good friend of mine. I now facilitate 2 Connection groups on Tuesdays every week. I still go into the hospital now and then but much less often. I have NAMI to thank for all that I am now.
Hi everyone! I suffer from Adjustment Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. I started helping NAMI after going to my first Connection meeting. I didn’t want to sit down, but the facilitator compelled me to sit. I haven’t looked back since. I now facilitate Connection meetings here in Portland, Oregon. I volunteer 1 day a week to facilitate a morning group and an afternoon group on Tuesday’s. I have been doing this now for about 2 years. I also still go to my Saturday group where it all started for me.
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