Share your story

Share your story
0 words
0 words
0 words
*Required field

I have read and accept these terms.

I have read and accept the Make It OK website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By clicking “submit” I confirm that I am at least 18 years old and give HealthPartners, Inc. and its related organizations (“HealthPartners”) consent to use and publically display the Personal and Health Information I share on this website (“My Information”), in whole or in part, on this website and in other commercial ways, including making My Information available to third party users of this website to promote the Make It OK campaign. I understand that HealthPartners may edit or choose not to use My Information and will only use my first name or a fictitious name when My Information is used. I understand that I will not be compensated in any way by HealthPartners or third parties for sharing My Information with Make It OK and that the purpose of the campaign is to help reduce mental health stigma. I release HealthPartners from any and all liability for any claims that may arise out of the use, publication or sharing of My Information for this purpose.


Filter Stories Done

« Back To All Stories

ScaryMary’s Story

“Hope is hard to have, but what is your alternative?”

Share your stigma experience.

I’ve been demonized by friends & family. My brothers have yelled at me. My son screamed at me. Friends say, “Think positively; pray more; read your Bible; get more exercise; keep busy”, etc.
Do they think I really want to be like this? I used to be an outgoing, gregarious person; always on the go. After I took high dose prednisone for a sudden hearing loss, my life dramatically changed. No one believed me that steroids caused my depression. There are now actual studies proving, that high dose prednisone, should be used very cautiously in menopausal women. I wish I had known that 10 years ago. Depression shouldn’t define who I am. Try telling that to my friends & family.

How did you overcome this experience?

I haven’t overcome depression. I’ve taken many different antidepressants; ECT; DBT; CBT; TMS & Ketamine. Ketamine has been the only therapy that allows me to be in short remissions.

Help others by sharing a brief, positive message.

Keep looking for alternative treatment if what you are doing isn’t helping. Ask about TMS, Ketamine; new drug therapies. Change doctors if you feel your doctor isn’t meeting your needs or listening to you. Hope is hard to have, but what is your alternative?

Share This Story

Stigma Quiz

Can you recognize mental illness stigma?

Go To Quiz

Dive Deeper

Try the Make It OK Interactive Tool


19,609 people have pledged to stop mental illness stigma.

By signing this pledge, you’re taking a stand against the mental illness stigma. Pass it on. Print it out. Tape it up. It can serve as a reminder to start more conversations and stop the labeling. Together, we can Make It OK.

Take the Pledge