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Perfect Chaos

The Johnsons were a close and loving family living in the Seattle area - two parents, two incomes, two bright and accomplished daughters. They led busy lives filled with music lessons, college preparation, career demands, and laughter around the dinner table. Then the younger daughter, Linea, started experiencing crippling bouts of suicidal depression. Multiple trips to the psych ward resulted in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and it took many trial runs of drugs and ultimately electroshock therapy to bring Linea back. But her family never gave up on her. And Linea never stopped trying to find her way back to them.
Perfect Chaos is the story of a mother and daughter's journey through mental illness towards hope. From initial worrying symptoms to long sleepless nights to cross-country flights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust, Perfect Chaos tells Linea and Cinda's harrowing and inspiring story, of an illness that they conquer together every day. It is the story of a daughter's courage, a mother's faith, and the love that carried them through the darkest times.

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Image: Two women walking in a park, one is caring a book.

 

6 Specific Ways to Check in With Your Mental Health

Asking ourselves the right questions is key to keeping our well-being intact. Having been surprised by my symptoms in the past, I created this two-step strategy that helps me assess my well-being, be responsive and proactive, and thrive. I’m putting it out there in hopes that others might find it useful in their lives as well.

Image: Picture of a desk with the words “A safe and empowering workplace can drive motivation, productivity and performance”

Image: Picture of a desk with the words “A safe and empowering workplace can drive motivation, productivity and performance”

How Mental Wellness Can Help Prevent Burnout, Anxiety and Work-Related Conditions

The positive impact of prioritizing mental health in the workplace allowed me to increase resilience, think outside the box, and increase my emotional intelligence. Though living with mental illness is painful and constant work, knowing I consistently accomplish my goals and dreams empowers me to live my fullest life.

Image: Young woman standing in front of a sunset with a serious expression on her face.

Image: Young woman standing in front of a sunset with a serious expression on her face.

I’m Depressed And Employed: How I Make It Work

In my many moments of debilitating depression, I have not once lost my job, nor even been reprimanded. Here’s how I make sure to take care of myself within the context of getting out of bed to go to work every day, even when it seems impossible…

Image: Melody Moezzi smiling, standing in front of a wall covered in graffitt

Image: Melody Moezzi smiling, standing in front of a wall covered in graffitt

Muslim-American Mental Health Advocate Melody Moezzi is Putting Up a Fierce Fight

After years of speaking, I was struggling to find female advocates that were my age and on the circuit in the same way I was. Though I was constantly speaking to large audiences, a part of me felt alone in my advocacy. And then I met Melody Moezzi.

Image: Suzy Favor Hamilton walking on a beach smiling/

Image: Suzy Favor Hamilton walking on a beach smiling/

A Former Olympian, Sex Worker And Mental Health Advocate On Overcoming Shame

An interview with Suzy Favor Hamilton US Olympian, mental health advocate, and author of New York Times Bestseller, Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness.

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Image: Young woman leaning with her chin in her hand with a serious expression on her face.

Need To Talk To Your Boss About Depression? Here’s Where To Start

It’s estimated that over 16 million adults in the US experience major depressive episodes. And considering a majority of these adults also hold jobs, more thorough employee-employer communication is long overdue.