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 …