Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Patient Stories

How Reese Discovered a Life Worth Living

Reese-70x70.jpgReese experienced vicious cyberbullying from several of her peers and began self-harming through cutting. Seattle Children’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program helped Reese change these behaviors. Read the full story.

Alyssa Tears Down the Taboo of Having Mental Health Struggles

Alyssa 70x70.png“I think if people had a more open view of mental health and not see it as a taboo thing, people can be more compassionate to each other and it would make for a more wholesome and accepting environment to everyone,” she said. “Considering I’m black, female, and bisexual, I want to change people’s perceptions of mental health, especially those in marginalized communities.” Read Alyssa’s story.

Sam Doesn’t Let His Mental Health Struggles Define Him

Sam-70x70.jpgSam has been managing anxiety and depression for several years, and although Sam continues to deal with his mental health issues, he knows his depression and anxiety don’t define him. Read the full story.

‘Hold On, Pain Ends:’ Javi Shares Her Mental Health Struggles to Inspire Change

Javi-70x70.jpg“At Seattle Children’s, a staff member taught me an acronym one day. HOPE (Hold On, Pain Ends). It got me through some of my darkest days and because of everyone who believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself, I am able to share it with you today.” Read Javi's story.

A Journey to Recovery: Pepper Inspires Others Battling an Eating Disorder

journey to recovery“I would have never dreamed in a million years when I had my eating disorder that I would be here. So many things were stacked against me. I knew life could be better though and now that I’m on this side I feel amazing.” Watch Pepper's story.

Program Helps Eva Find Freedom From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Kiddo with Cat“She was finally able to realize that her OCD was a bully,” said Tomassini. “It had been controlling her and pushing her around. Today, that’s not happening anymore.” Read Eva's story.

In a Crisis?

If your child or family needs help right away, call your mental health crisis line or text HOME to 741741.