Many years ago, in her mid-teens, Marie began what was to be a long nightmare of frequent hospitalizations, changing diagnoses, loss of employment and quickly deteriorating relationships.
In 2004 she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a mental illness in which the symptoms of mood disorder and schizophrenia are present. A year later, her family, desperate to find help, discovered Hopewell and convinced her to try it.
When Emily remembers life before Hopewell, it seemed that mental illness was all she knew.
"My mother didn't know what to do; she kept trying to find the right treatment for me to get better."
That place was most certainly not the hospital Emily was in and out of so frequently. "If you're not crazy when you go in the hospital, you will be when you leave,"... more
Have you ever found yourself at the point of losing control? Maybe it happens when you're in the middle of a heated argument with a loved one or when you're cut off in the middle of traffic. For that split second, the world seems to stop.
Losing control is a terrible feeling, especially when you're forced to look back and deal with the damage. Fortunately, when... more
Joel was a resident at Hopewell for 10 months and during his stay found the people and the farm to be very healing.
For him, working hard, taking care of the animals and the garden and watching them grow was very rewarding, both physically and mentally. Participating in maintaining Hopewell gave him a sense of accomplishment.
Now he has a new role at Hopewell. He works in... more
My name is Adrienne Craver. When I came to Hopewell, my diagnosis was depression. What I was going through seemed like much more.
Since age three, I was raised by the most wonderful woman in the world. I don’t remember much before she adopted me, but not many of us can remember our earliest days with crystal clarity. Growing up was hard for me... more
My name is Casey, and I have bipolar disorder.
I was diagnosed at age 21, with all the classic symptoms of mood swings, relationship problems and erratic behavior. Even with the “high” feelings, I was spiraling downward.
I found myself in an abusive relationship and knew I was having a nervous breakdown. I swallowed a bottle of pills. When I was discharged from the... more