Maria: A Story of Mental Illness and Healing through Faith and Spirituality

This personal story depicts the journey of a psychotherapist who struggled with her own mental health diagnoses of bipolar and body dysmorphic disorder. Her spiritual growth and struggles are interwoven within her internal challenge to find sanity, peace, and meaning while walking a tightrope between fantasy and reality. Ultimately the puzzle of her mind integrates through faith, love, support, and conventional medicine. In turn, she learns that we all fight similar battles in the human condition and hopes that by sharing hers, others will find inspiration, hope, and/or validation. Her greatest wish is that her story will bring anyone who needs it closer to seeking healing through their faith, spirituality, and God.

--Maria Loretto

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