Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 19th 2017 Contents About my special family
I read the article this morning (and
felt so good to see my words in black
and white so that I can show it to my
family and friends, so at least they
will see that they can make a positive
outlook on an otherwise unpleasant
situation; that they can show other
people they can find love and it is
worth holding on to this life.
I cannot thank you enough for giving
me the space in your column to share
my love for what is truly my greatest
gift from God: my special family.
Caregiver to relatives---a couple who both live with mental
illnesses and have children of their own
You are not alone
I was glad to read your column on being home alone
for the holidays (2014).
Over the years past, I have been very much alone
(the last survivor of my immediate family) and gotten
so comfortable with my solitude.
Is it possible that I've learned to like something
unhealthy for me?
Sometimes it feels so comfortable being alone, it
scares me to think about the later years if I'd be able
to fend for myself.
Even when I get asked out to family outings (or even
wakes, funerals etc) I feel like I have to psych up myself
to go and many times I just end up staying home.
When I have to socialise in groups (family or oth-
erwise) I begin to feel like a fish out of water, gasping
for its aquarium to breathe again.
Also, I recently read up on ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder) and based on a basic Q&A I
answered, I firmly think I might have this condition.
I'd really like to get a proper doctor to assess if I
have this condition and what medication is suitable
for me, if I am diagnosed with the condition. Do you
know of any doctor(s) I can rely on for a professional,
accurate assessment of such a condition?
Continue sharing the love
Happy New Year (2013), I read your article on Old
Year's Day, and to steal a line directly from the article:
" I have goosebumps" with pride and joy.
The article was deep, sincere, and open, also in-
Love personified is what you are doing. You see, you
are doing it not for fame or glory, but for fulfilment
of dreams you had for your birth place.
By your dedication, your demeanour and your sin-
cerity, you are teaching not only the youths but the
adults as well.
Remember, more things are caught than taught.
Caroline my dear, I know it's a tough battle.
Like an old broken record will reiterate, how proud
Reading that article brought joy to my heart. You
will feel despondent at times, you will hear the neg-
atives, but remember nobody throws stones at a tree
The more you do, the more the small minds will
try to discourage you.
Remember God put you there for that purpose: to
enhance the lives of those with whom you come into
Love conquers everything. Continue to share your
(My primary school teacher, mentor and friend)
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Depression: Let's talk:
Look who's talking, too
For the past five years, I have ex-
perienced no greater joy than to have
people who identify with a particular
topic write a response about them-
selves or about their perception of
me. This has been the enrichment
that I have gained in the confidential
exchanges where I take opportunity
to counsel, share stories or to give
direction for an intervention.
I am so moved when people open up
and allow me into their lives, homes,
relationships, ill-health, and struggles.
I would that everyone understood what
I do and, more so, appreciate it, but that
day will come, too.
Today, I continue to celebrate some of the intima-
tions to me being open about living with a mental
illness---unashamed and undeterred.
You seem to have it totally together
Miss, how are you?
I must say it has been a while. I saw your article
(Living with Clinical Depression, TG April 25, 2012)
and it was really inspiring. I know you mentioned
some stuff (about your mental health) to us in class
but it was so hard to see the reality of what you spoke
of when you stood before us. You always seemed to
have it totally together. Nonetheless, it was truly
I must say I often miss you because your classes
meant so much to me. They were more that lectures;
they were enlightening, full of drama (my favourite)
and fun. You actually made me want to come to class
I just thought I'd put my thoughts in writing and
express to you how much I truly appreciated all that
you have done for me in helping me to become a bet-
ter person and a PR practitioner. Have a blessed day,
Miss. God bless.
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
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