All things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

In December of 2011, at the age of 16, I found myself diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder. As someone with no previous experience of anything relating to mental health, and someone still young in my Catholic faith, I had no idea just what I was in for over the following years. It’s been an interesting journey through depression, mania, mixed-episodes, hospitalizations, various combinations of prescription medication, and eventually deciding to ween off my medications and treat my disorder with natural supplements. As of 2019, I consider myself for all intents and purposes cured of my disorder, thanks to the supplements I continue to take. But getting to this place of stability has been quite the process.

I started this website out of a desire to address the issues I was struggling with in my heart, trying to reconcile the realities of living with a mental illness to what I was learning and coming to understand about my faith. I address topics ranging from the realities of depression, self-harm and suicide, to making sense out of suffering, to the challenges and pitfalls of weening off prescription medications and managing a mental illness with natural supplements, all from a Catholic Christian standpoint. I have no quick fixes or instant solutions to offer you, but I can give you my own personal experiences and the knowledge I’ve gain through them and much spiritual reading.

To read about my own personal story of diagnosis and the aftermath, check out this post. The List of Topics contains links to all of my posts thus far, organized into categories. The “Why Catholic…?” page addresses why I’m tackling all of this from a specifically Catholic perspective, rather than a more general Christian or even secular perspective. Feel free to explore, and if you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment! I don’t bite. 😉

May God bless you and keep you!


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