Elizabeth: Under a Shadow

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 12, 2018 6:41:10 PM

I came to Anna Ogden Hall in May 2017, just so broken. I didn’t think I could get more broken. I was like no smile at all. I would cry all the time and triggers every five minutes. It was getting pretty ridiculous. I didn’t think this program was right for me at first. I would tell staff, “I don’t know. I think you got the wrong girl. I don’t have a substance addiction.”

My addiction was people pleasing. I became the queen of people pleasing, but even as I was pleasing and pleasing, it never felt good enough, and I was on this constant mission of trying to fix my family.

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I Have a Mental Illness

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Mar 7, 2017 4:22:02 PM

 By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing & Communications

I once interviewed a teenager who described her depression as a “blanket on the brain.” The metaphor is nearly perfect as it relates to my experience. Depression is an oppressive, suffocating sort of blanket that blurs all the edges.

When my depression flares, rational thought becomes difficult. I cannot grasp what I know to be true, especially in the middle of the night. My faith, the love of my family, my multiple blessings … all seem lost in the darkness that threatens to swallow me. 

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Addressing Depression: the Next Step

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 27, 2015 4:06:25 PM

In the first part of this interview with UGM LIFE Recovery Counselor Jan Vetter, she described depression and the role it can play in addiction and suicide. Now, Jan explains how the UGM counselors address depression in their clients.

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An Inside Look at Depression

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 25, 2015 4:33:00 PM

Depression is common among those beginning recovery at UGM. In the first part of an interview with Jan Vetter, UGM LIFE Recovery Counselor, Jan sheds light on the mental disorder based specifically upon her experience at the Center for Women and Children.  

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From Anger to Depression to Attempted Suicide

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 20, 2015 10:28:43 AM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“My whole life, I was super angry, and I used to always think everybody would be better off without me.”

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