Archives for Personal Stories - Page 4

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Confessions of a Worrywart

While reading Susan Orlins’s poignant memoir, I was reminded continuously of the catchphrase from the late ’60s and early ’70s feminist movement: “The personal is political.” The specifics of...
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Disorders

OCD and Isolation

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of my son Dan’s descent into severe obsessive-compulsive disorder was his progressive isolation from his friends. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for...
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Book Review: Do Over

Carol Anne Leathers wrote Do Over as an autobiographical story turned fictional. Leathers puts her life into the character Reb, whose story focuses on overcoming childhood abuse and centers...
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How to Talk to Crazy People

Many different types of people, for many different reasons, read memoirs about mental illness. Some may be suffering from an illness themselves and are looking for guidance or inspiration....
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The Boy on the Lake

Trevor was a preteen growing up in the breathtaking landscape of McCall, Idaho — a carefree kid who enjoyed being active and swimming in the local lake. When he...
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Hopping Roller Coasters

Stories about mothers and their daughters tend to be sweet. Admittedly, there is usually some sort of tension. Still, whether that is teenage angst or the daughter trying to...
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Crochet Saved My Life

I began crocheting when I was 19. It was the most stressful point in my life. I had just started my first semester of college, had moved to a...
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Anxiety

Good Therapy for OCD

With the help of the Internet, my son Dan correctly diagnosed himself with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at the age of 17. After his diagnosis, his longtime pediatrician recommended he...
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