How EMDR Healed My Trauma

By Katy Otto. “You’ve been doing it all along.” These were the words of my startled, excited therapist years ago in her office. I had come to her desperate to unlock and heal traumas that had built up over time. I was about a year into a romantic relationship that...

The Reality of “High Functioning” Depression

By Margot Harris. The day I turned in my master’s thesis, I woke up early. I curled my hair and applied a generous coat of makeup — even making time for contouring and setting spray. I posed for pictures with a school friend; we beamed, holding our freshly printed and...

Recovery is Possible: Scott Bowmer

By Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor. Ten years ago, Scott Bowmer, currently from Spokane, faced a key moment in his journey with a mental health condition. He was on a merchant ship that was sailing near Korea. His job was to help drive the ship. He wasn’t...

Recovery is Possible: Shamra Andrews

By Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor. Shamra Andrews of Spokane, now 47, has faced mental health challenges since she was a teenager.  As a teenager, she stated that she wanted to die in the form of letters. Into her early twenties, she had constant thoughts of...