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Gemma's Story: A Journey to Independence

Gemma battled severe depression for the majority of her life, leading to recurring suicide attempts while living in Mississippi. With a family history of mental health challenges, compounded by a tumultuous marriage, she sought counseling there. However, it wasn’t until she relocated to Maryland and found Brook Lane that Gemma experienced true transformation.

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Mecks' Story: Out of the Ashes I Rise

Mecks Mac received a bipolar disorder diagnosis in the Spring of 2011. In the initial two years post-diagnosis, she faced multiple hospitalizations due to rejecting her diagnosis and disregarding prescribed medication. During this period, she had several inpatient stays at Brook Lane’s hospital.

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Greg's Story: Laurel Hall School Has Profound Effect on Family's Life

Greg’s educational experiences before enrolling in Brook Lane’s Laurel Hall School presented daily challenges. His parents, Steve and Mary, felt that many of his prior teachers simply had given up on him and took the path of least resistance. There were a few years when Greg simply regressed and it felt to his parents as if he sadly had been neglected.

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From Rock Bottom to “Being Larry” Again

About 2 1/2 years ago, Larry Jones hit rock bottom and felt like his life was over. He didn’t think that he had anything to look forward to. Larry, 75, has struggled with a diagnosis of severe depression for 30 years. Over the past 20 years, he has tried various depression medications with little to no relief.

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Cathy's Story: "I credit Brook Lane with saving my life."

Cathy’s life has been filled with much anxiety and trauma. Starting at the age of five, she was sexually abused by her older brother and several other boys that were friends of her family. She never shared this with anyone for fear of what might happen. She carried the trauma of these horrible experiences with her into adulthood, unfortunately choosing a husband who also was abusive. Their marriage was tumultuous. After discovering his multiple affairs and being both sexually and mentally...

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Michelle's Story: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to Achieve My Dreams

When I was about to turn 16, I would hear things in my mind like, “Touch this [thing] so many times so something bad won’t happen” or “You didn’t look at that right. Do it again, or else!” For a while, sleep was my escape. But then, my mind got so caught up in the disorder that I couldn’t even sleep peacefully. When I was able to sleep, my dreams would be taken over by negative thoughts. I would awaken tired, defeated, and more hopeless. I thought that surely I couldn’t share my bizarre...

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Chad's Story: A Family's Journey

In 2015, our son Chad was in fourth grade and got into a conflict with one of his teachers. He had a time-out and was then sent to the office. He was very upset and felt he was not treated fairly. Chad ran away from school to come home.

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My Road to Healing and Recovery: Jason Marren’s Success Story

Three years ago I was in the darkest time of my life and it kept getting darker. I was miserable and felt like I was failing. I was wearing a mask to hide my low self-esteem and self-confidence. Financial insecurities were making me anxious and I couldn’t sleep.

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From the Depths of PTSD to Business Owner of Blackout Nuts & Candies: Mark Smith’s Success Story

I was diagnosed with PTSD nearly five years ago. It was so severe that it took me a year and a half, with the help of my therapist, to slowly start making progress. When I entered therapy, I couldn’t get out of the batter’s box.

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