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My diagnosis is pervasive developmental disorder. Sometimes I do things that I don’t like to do because I hate myself. I talk to my peers when I feel this way to help me feel better. I also draw to make myself feel better.

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I starting hearing things that were not really there when I was a teenager. I am on medications that help, and going to day treatment classes really helps me learn to control my thinking. My art work helps me escape reality and helps my dreams come to life. I like to draw landscapes, as they feel real and peaceful, and I can imagine I am there.

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I have a mental illness of schizoaffective disorder and a physical illness of cancer. I have overcome the cancer and am on medications for the schizoaffective disorder. Dealing with the cancer, receiving chemo and radiation, changed the way I felt and took my energy away. I had no appetite and always felt sick and slept all the time. This made it harder to deal with my mental illness. I had a fear of losing my life, fear of not being able to do all the things I wanted to do in life. But by overcoming my illness I feel thankful and wonderful. I’m grateful to the Lord for giving me another chance. God is good. I try to share these positive feelings through my art work, and draw things I took for granted.

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Three years ago I had a nervous breakdown from being overstressed on my job. I have nerve problems now. I am overcoming my condition by being more outgoing. I also go to the Friendship Club and it has taught me how to be more independent and how to socialize more with people and talk in groups. Here at the Friendship Club we have an art teacher and I also have a friend that personally helps teach me art. I really like the art class very much. I find it very relaxing.

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I am an individual who functions in the moderate range of intellectual disabilities, but that does not define me. My name and my abilities define me. My name has meaning to me. I like my name. I like to write my name. I write my name on my checks.

I live in a supervised community living home with Volunteers of America. I currently attend the Annex day program with the Arc of Jefferson County where I train daily on financial management and self-help skills which help increase my independence. I enjoy helping out. My favorite chore at home and day program is washing dishes. I also like to clean up. I go on community outings to enhance my community awareness and socialization. I like to go out to eat at Golden Corral.

I am a self-taught artist. I chose to paint this picture because it represents what defines me-

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God has been good to me and I love going to Church and worshiping the lord. He has made me a good man.

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I had trouble paying attention and got in trouble a lot in school. I was sent off to inpatient hospitals and juvenile programs. I found out I had ODD and a mood disorder. I am doing much better now that I am on the right medications and getting services in a day treatment program. I taught myself to draw. I like to draw anime and can relate to Naruto. We were raised similar because he was an
outcast in his own family and had no friends and no one to care for him. I was an outcast in my family as well. When we get upset or mad a different monster rages out. I have learned to control my anger.

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I have depression. I became more independent since coming to group.

I was a self-taught artist since first grade. I draw faces, churches and people. I like to sell
my art.

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I have depression and anxiety. I have to use my coping skills to stay well. I like to walk, plant flowers, listen to music, and arts and crafts. I started to get sick in 1992. I found help at a local mental health center. They helped me get medicine and give support to me.

I am a self-taught artist. I like to do crafts and artwork to occupy my mind. I like different types of art because it keeps me busy. It is something creative to do. I like to display my artwork in my home. I used a paint blotting technique.

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The art exhibit is for mental health awareness through drawing and other forms of art work. Hopefully this contest exhibit will showcase amongst all races. And I have take responsibility for mental illness and treatment and selfishness. I am OK. I have accept many a mental illness. And changed non helpful habits. Support others who also have problems.

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Alabama Department of Mental Health is the state agency responsible for serving Alabama citizens with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and substance use disorders.