Therese Borchard

Patient Leader

I call myself a hope builder, rather than a writer or author. I’ve tried over 50 medication combinations and more than 50 natural supplements. I’ve eliminated alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, and sugar from my diet. I’ve immersed myself into mindfulness meditation, done yoga, and experimented with acupuncture. I’ve been in therapy for 14 years, keep a gratitude journal, and exercise no less than six times a week. I train my thoughts, pray, and do meaningful work. All these things have helped relieve symptoms of anxiety, panic, sadness, and anguish over the years. But hope is what kept me alive. Hope is born when people share their stories with one another. So I share mine with you.

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog

Therese has figured out how to talk about depression, suicide, substance abuse, and mental illness in the public forums of social and print media in an intimate and hopeful manner. Nonjudgmental, brutally honest, uplifting, Therese offers a call to action and a call to hope; we will get through this, follow me.

She has been blogging openly and honestly on EverydayHealth.com for several years about her life with serious depression. She’s stuck with the blog (and her support website http://community.projecthopeandbeyond.com/) through good times and bad, and always offers kindness, understanding, and hope to her readers.  — Rose

Therese Borchard

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