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Kim Walters has lived with anxiety her whole life. However, she didn’t seek out help until the pressures of being a mom forced her to. With her children in tow, anxiety struck Walters everywhere she went, including the grocery store, library, park, and more. At 32-years old, she decided to…
I realized my passion for a holistic approach and wellness focus in helping others to be the best version of themselves. I wanted to incorporate fitness, nutrition, positive habits, and behavior into helping people understand how they can overcome struggles and mental illness. Psychiatry was a natural fit at this point.
The ability to not just listen well, to hear more than what a patient is telling you with words, but with their actions, with the subtleties in their voices, with their unspoken expressions sets apart good and great physicians in my mind. And when it comes to the field of mental health, an area that is still plagued by unspoken judgement that produces a fear of speaking-out in those with a mental illness, now more than ever we need competent providers that know how to listen beyond what is said.
Take a few minutes and read. I know how much you need to hear from a mother who is completely honest about the missiles and darts of motherhood, mental illness; impossible teenagers, and the fact that, at night time, all that holds true is that you love them so completely, so ridiculously…
Stability is subtle. If you knew me when I was sick and struggling, you’d see enough of a change in me today that I might appear normal. Not pretending to be normal to blend in, but less awkward, less preoccupied, more present. That’s what I want, to be free to be mentally ill and still be a part of the landscape of human connection without the pretense of convention.
Then as life does, something happened during my darkest of moments, when I couldn’t see a light – much less one at the end of any tunnel- I found refuge. Something that helped hold things together. Something that made me feel human. Something that made me feel alive.
I’ve heard so many stories about people that are faced with a friend or family member that is struggling, and because they feel like they don’t know what to do, and fear they may do something “wrong,” they ignore it. They put it off and hope someone else jumps in to help.
My past gave me strength to move forward and be a voice for mental health discussions. There were many difficult times along my journey and days I thought I would not survive, but I did. Instead of letting the words people say to you bring you down, let them empower you. For each of you is a warrior and a voice, together we can change to discussions surrounding mental health disorders.
By: Karla Shaw “…They ask me what I do and who I do it for…” – Tauheed ‘2Chainz’ Epps I know what you’re thinking: “Did she just quote 2Chainz?!” Yes. Yes, I did. Not a nursing or psychology theorist… 2 Chainz. But, in my defense, it’s the end of the…