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    Groundedness

    By: Aleene Shirley Morgenthaler Before my psychotic break in 2013, I never had to think to myself “ground yourself.” Now it is a practice that I’m so grateful for. I first learned about grounding at an outpatient program. The facilitator was using words and inflections I was foreign too. She seemed like a very spiritual person. It really annoyed me but she planted a seed. I would use the grounding technique I learned – sitting

    Dreaming

    By Aleene Shirley Morgenthaler With ten weeks left of my college career, I experienced mania for the first time.  Two years after were marked with six hospital stays and out patient programs.  It’s been three years of recovery and I am happy to be able to share my voice through NAMI-Barrington Area’s Blog. I’ve always been a dreamer – it’s what made me optimistic and energetic.  I would dream about choreography, relationships, and goals.  Everyday

    Supporting a Loved One Struggling with Bipolar Disorder

    By: Catherine Ness LCPC   Struggling with Bipolar Disorder is an on-going and exhausting battle for the affected individual; Watching someone you love struggle with Bipolar Disorder can be equally challenging and exhausting. Seeing your loved one experience hopelessness, frequent crying spells, social and career frustrations and feelings of worthlessness can be heartbreaking. Conversely, being the target of anger and anxiety and witnessing successive poor life choices can be frustrating. Never knowing how your loved

    Parent Voice

    Parent voice Aleene Shirley Morgenthaler Before my diagnosis with Bipolar 1 Disorder in 2013, I was impassioned with serving my communities with my skills and talents.  Now, the Mental Health Community has become my focus. My posts are concepts that helped me and continue to – as mental health is a lifelong journey. Hope you enjoy the read. In losing who I was from my Bipolar diagnosis, I had to relearn how to be an

    Honoring Sadness

    Aleene Shirley Morgenthaler   In 2013 my life changed forever in a big way.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. The rollercoaster ride lasted for two years with 6 hospital stays.  I have now been in recovery since 2015.  As a Community Service Scholar at DePaul University, I’ve been driven to serve with my skills and talents.  Writing is a passion and something I believe I am skilled and talented in.  So, these words

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