NAMI Greenville Blog

Listening to the Whispers of Mental Illness Before They Turn into Shouts

DEC. 03, 2021 By Yerika Germosen When I was a teenager, I would frequently remind myself not to be like my mother. My developing brain could not make sense of her behavior, which I would come to learn was actually bouts of hypomania,…

Weaving the Threads of Healing Through Writing

DEC. 01, 2021 By Lyn Barrett As I’ve navigated a complex mental health journey, writing has been my anchor. When my life began unraveling, journaling helped me hang on to normalcy and my sense of self. It stabilized me when I was…

How My Husband’s Untreated Symptoms Affected My Anxiety

NOV. 29, 2021 By A. D. As I sat on the couch ordering clothes for my then five-month-old daughter, my husband — seemingly out of the blue — told me that he was not a good husband and father, he was no longer in love with me,…

Finding Emotional Well-Being as an Indigenous Woman in America

NOV. 24, 2021 By Kola Shippentower-Thompson How does one describe Indigenous identity? Hundreds of years ago, talks about “Indigenous identity” would not have taken place. We were who we were. The People. The Original People.…

The Benefit of Support Groups When You Love Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

NOV. 22, 2021 By Maureen O'Dougherty After navigating a close relationship with someone who lives with borderline personality disorder (BPD) — and meeting dozens of people navigating similar situations — I developed an interest…

Five Things to Say to a Loved One with Anxiety

NOV. 19, 2021 By Melissa Lewis-Duarte, Ph.D. Confession: I’m anxious. In what feels like a former lifetime, I taught psychology college courses and worked as a business consultant, trainer and coach. Given my mentoring roles…

What to Do When You Love Someone with Depression

NOV. 17, 2021 By Indiana Lee Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the world; in fact, 19.4 million people have at least one depressive episode each year. Accordingly, you likely know someone who lives…

Lies I Told Myself When I Found Out My Daughter Was Struggling

NOV. 15, 2021 By Ginger Robertson Nothing fully prepared me for my daughter’s mental health journey, not even being a nurse with a personal history of mental illness. I am not proud of how I discovered that she was suffering,…

Medications Are Not the Only Way to Treat Depression

NOV. 12, 2021 By Elsa A. I have been married to my husband Rich for 29 years. A large part of my attraction to him was his shyness. He was always a bit reserved, but what I did not know until about five years into our marriage…

Advice for Mental Illness Caregivers

NOV. 10, 2021 By Katherine Ponte and Izzy Goncalves I have serious mental illness. As a result, mental illness has become a part of my partner and caregiver Izzy’s life as well. He and I have both learned a lot in our challenging…

How to Talk to Your Teen About Suicide

NOV. 08, 2021 By Jason Reid “How are you feeling?” Think about the last time you asked your teen that question. Most likely, what you were really asking was, “Are you physically sick?” And, if you’re anything like me,…

How My Daughter’s Experience Shaped My Career in Rural Mental Health Care

NOV. 05, 2021 By Larisa Hammond I knew when I was 16 years old that I would spend my life in some sort of service to others. My mother was the director of the local women’s shelter, a “Back to Work” program for unemployed miners…