How I Healed My Bipolar Disorder - by Moni K
Updated: 2 days ago
Below is an article written by Moni Kettler for madinamerica.com about her experience with me on her first retreat in 2014. This article got picked up by Yahoo NewsFeed, generating more than 10,000 views in the first week, and over 28,000 since - one of the most successful articles Mad in America has ever had! Since this article was written, Moni has gone on to study Gestalt therapy in Germany, working towards her therapist licence. Most recently, she completed her first training module as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator - the certification that I have. Her intention is the begin to help people in a similar way to how I helped her! This remarkable shift from 'patient' to 'therapist' has happened in just a few years!
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When my sister took me to the emergency room of the psychiatric hospital in January of 2013, I was simply a mess. I had barely slept for weeks, having visions of an evil, black shadow hovering over me and telling me to kill myself. All of this made me so paranoid that I began slipping deeper and deeper into suicidal ideation, which scared everyone around me.
The previous three years had been very tough on me. I had been through a separation from my cheating husband, which left me to care for my two small children alone. A severe hand injury threatened my career as a portrait artist. In addition, I had also undergone the stress of moving cities with the family. It was like fighting a battle from all sides without a break, and the constant repression of my own needs so depleted me mentally and physically that I lost my balance.
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