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About robin1967

Robin is an intelligent, funny, caring and likable person who also happens to experience significant symptoms of mental illness. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University. She worked full-time in the mental health field for many years in different capacities including as a psychiatric technician on child and adolescent residential units, supervising a group home, and working as a case manager at a community mental health center. She now works part-time, enjoys watching sports and reading, and spending time with her family.

“Sharon, I Have Something to Tell You.”

At the time Sharon and I finished writing our book together, my life was stable and I was content. My mom and I had been living together for almost eight years and had settled into a routine that worked well … Continue reading

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Robin’s Thoughts About 2003

Note: This is a serial blog. To start at the beginning, click on Chapter 1 – The Meltdown under “Categories” and start at the bottom. Reflecting back on the Meltdown year is always difficult for me. Most of the time … Continue reading

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Robin Discusses ECT and Suicide

Note: This is a serial blog. To start at the beginning, click on Chapter 1 – The Meltdown under “Categories” and start at the bottom. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a treatment method that comes with huge stigma, because of the … Continue reading

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Robin’s Thoughts on Rock Bottom

Note:  This is a serial blog. To start at the beginning, click on Chapter 1 – The Meltdown under “Categories” and start at the bottom. It was a horrible six months for me at the start of 2003. I had … Continue reading

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Robin Discusses Her World View

Note:  This is a serial blog. To start at the beginning, click on Chapter 1 – The Meltdown under “Categories” and start at the bottom. Prior to and during my Meltdown year, if I had been asked directly about my … Continue reading

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Robin Opens Up About Her Symptoms

 Note:  This is a serial blog. To start at the beginning, click on Chapter One– The Meltdown under “Categories” and start at the bottom. Depression has been a part of my life on and off since childhood.  I didn’t know what … Continue reading

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Robin’s Random Thoughts About Chapter Two

Once I was out of the hospital, I resumed my old pattern of faking it to convince my family and friends that I was okay.  I was still very depressed and suicidal and having difficulty sleeping, but I wanted everyone … Continue reading

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