Woman puts pen to paper to encourage depression dialogue

November 10, 2016 07:25 PM

More than 43 million Americans a year suffer from mental illness. One woman is hoping her story will offer hope.

B.L. Acker says she grew up in Rensselaer County in a totally dysfunctional home. She says that chaos was exacerbated by her mother's mental illness.

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"My mother suffered for years from bipolar disorder that was undiagnosed, underdiagnosed," recalled Acker.

While life she says was always in a constant state of disorder, things got particularly bad in 1992 after she says her mother shot her father.

"I can still play that moment in my head, going up and my guidance counselor as we’re and her putting her hand on my shoulder, saying ‘Beth your dad's just been shot,’" recalled Acker.

For most of her adult life she says she faltered.

"I found myself just lost," she conceded.

She didn't seek treatment until this year when she started to write, putting it all out there, her feelings, problems, her pain.

The result was a book called "Unlovable," a journey of self-discovery.

"I saw all types of dysfunctional patterns I never realized that I had fallen into. I was trying so hard not to be my parents in some ways that I became them in others, and I knew there were so many things in my life I needed to change," she explained.

Acker's shared her story with several publications and has a blog. She hopes just by talking about her struggles with mental illness, others will share too and fight the stigma associated with the disorder.

"I needed to put my story out there so that other people knew they're not alone," she concluded.

More information:
Unlovable by B.L. Acker


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