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kim m.

nashville, Tennessee
i am a creative, thoughtful mentally ill human being. i write a blog focusing primarily on mental illness and the stigma that still exists. occasionally i write a bit on politics. and sometimes i write about the entertainment industry since it’s the field i’ve worked in for nearly 11 years. a little background on my mental illness: i was diagnosed with depression at the age of 13. raped at 15 which only heightened my depression. diagnosed with double depression in my mid to... Full Bio
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i am a creative, thoughtful mentally ill human being. i write a blog focusing primarily on mental illness and the stigma that still exists. occasionally i write a bit on politics. and sometimes i write about the entertainment industry since it’s the field i’ve worked in for nearly 11 years.

a little background on my mental illness:
i was diagnosed with depression at the age of 13. raped at 15 which only heightened my depression. diagnosed with double depression in my mid to late 20s. at 30 received yet another diagnosis: bipolar. somewhere in between all of the above i was also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. spent a few days in a mental hospital during my mid 20s where i was labeled and thrown into several groups (sexual abuse recovery, alcohol abuse, eating disorder, depression) i was kicked out off the hospital thanks to my insurance company and the lack of mental health parity at the time. i did however continue on as an outpatient for several weeks.

i have been on numerous medications over the past 15 years, all of which worked temporarily or not at all: lamictal, effexor, seroquel, lexapro, prozac, paxil, zoloft and wellbutrin (allergic reaction which required a hospital visit)

i’ve seen the best and worst psychologists and psychiatrists. spent thousands and thousands of dollars out of pocket, again, thanks to the lack of mental health parity. quit therapy around 2004 when my therapist fell asleep during our session.

today i no longer take psychiatric medications. instead i rely on flax oil, multi vitamins and acupuncture (when i can afford it) i have found acupuncture works better than any medication i’ve ever been on.