Autumn’s blog: It’s time to heal

Autumn Stringam, the second person to start on EMPowerplus, recently wrote a blog post on facing her fears.

Two years into my psychiatric recovery, I was still having panic attacks when I drove past the hospital where I had been ‘certified’ and, in my opinion, incarcerated. One day, determined to face the fear of being certified again, I paid for parking, breathed deeply and marched up to the fourth floor. Security let me in. I wandered carefully, eyes down, through the familiar halls that screamed shame and embarrassment for me. Nothing had changed.

Read how her determination to face her fears surprised her.

In a second post, Family Pressure, Ghost Cats and Bipolar Recovery, Autumn discusses the pressure to get well immediately.