Hope and happiness

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

There is a question I get asked routinely. People want to know if there was a pill that I could take to make my disability disappear, would I take it? The answer is no, and yes. You see, there are two disabilities I am affected by. Cerebral Palsy was diagnosed when I was a year and a half. I use …

No more hospitals

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

I began having depression and other illnesses when I was about sixteen. That was also when I began cutting myself. Actually,that was the first time I was taken to Bert Nash by my parents,who had no idea what they were dealing with (and never did). That was many years ago. After many years of suicide attempts and continuous cutting, I …

All bases are covered

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

Starting in 1982, I have been in and out of hospitals. When I first was diagnosed with mental illness, I was a graduate student at the University of Kansas. During the first phase of my illness, I was teaching at KU and had earned a Fulbright to go to Mexico to collect data for my degree. I had earned two …

Depression late in life

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions, Successful Aging

Jane* experienced an early trauma at a young age and that experience made her susceptible to depression. At the age of 79, a family crisis triggered a major depressive episode and she was contemplating suicide. She had been helped by talk therapy in the past; so she decided to call the Bert Nash center and get help. “Having people that …

Father talks help for his son

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions, WRAP

One father can’t say enough good things about what the WRAP* program has done for his son.His son has ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and has benefited from the WRAP program since he was in elementary school. His son is now 18 and a senior at Free State High School. “The WRAP Program is a great resource in …

Multiple Diagnosis

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

Sally* has been a Bert Nash Center client for over nine years, and she credits Bert Nash with reducing her psychiatric hospitalizations and suicidal feelings. Sally has Schizoaffective Disorder, which can involve intense anxiety and depression, especially when her husband is gone on his night job. Over the years, Sally has enjoyed many Bert Nash programs, including several months in …

Mini-death springs new life

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

In 2006 Danny Henderson suffered a severe stroke at the age of 36. In fact, he suffered a ‘mini-death’ – the stroke was so severe he was hospitalized at KU Medical Center for two months and he was partially paralyzed on his right side. A football player in high school and college, Danny had never asked for help for anything. …

Housebound

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

In her late 40’s, Sarah* was housebound for three years as a result of her severe anxiety. She worked at home and her roommate did the grocery shopping and errands for her. “I was paralyzed; I was not able to leave the house. My anxiety had really gotten out of control,” she stated. “In 2009 I finally made the call …

Relief after a lifetime of suffering

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions

John*, a self-employed professional who lives in Lawrence, suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for more than 40 years. When he was eight years old, he experienced a traumatic event that triggered the onset of his illness. Before he was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder, he hid his panic attacks from his family and friends, not understanding that his illness …

When drama is a good thing

Jeff Burkhead Client Contributions, Therapeutic Classrooms

Fourteen-year-old Joshua Graves has found an escape in the Therapeutic Classroom at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. It’s called drama therapy, and it gives the teenager an opportunity to turn off his worries and problems for a while. “I don’t have to be myself,” Joshua said, explaining why he likes acting. “I like to play the comedian. I like …