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Michele Gyselinck

About Me: 

I am a 58-year-old woman.  I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city.  I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary of that event.  I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English.  I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.

Interests: 

I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.

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On the Paradoxes of Poverty

As I lay in bed, I thought about a discussion I had with a sister in the faith that highlighted just one of many paradoxes of poverty. 

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My Journey With Schizophrenia

My main reason for writing about schizophrenia specifically, and mental illness in general, is to help those who may be suffering from it or who know someone who does, but don’t know how to help because of stigma.

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On Chronically Normal People

The media compound problems by reporting in minute detail whenever a person with a mental illness attacks someone who is presumed to be sane. The same media don't say a word when the opposite happens...

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I watched the videos about Mental Illness and the Church until the wee hours last night and only stopped because my computer was making a weird noise. Then I emailed a link to the fourth video to my minister, the members of Council whose email addresses I had and to some friends as well. I think that since our congregation is already sensitized to this issue setting up a support group for people with mental illnesses and their families would be pertinent ministry for us. We're a shrinking congregation though nowhere near having to consider closing our doors for good, but we do have to address...
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  •  I agree with you, David, that medications taken for depression or other mental illnesses do not cause dependence.  We take them because we NEED them, not to get a buzz, and if we need to increase...

  • "Who would have thought that I would be hit with depression? But the devil doesn't discriminate. This is my first-hand account of those dark months and the light that was at the end of the tunnel...

  • This reminds me of psychotic depression. That was my primary diagnosis as well although I was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Those voices in your head saying mean things to you, I heard them...

  •  First of all, youth is overrated.  When I was young, in my twenties, I developed schizophrenia and was miserable because lack of sleep and auditory hallucinations and depression made me want to...

  •  For decades I wanted to marry and have kids, but I reached menopause and still there were no husband, let alone kids in the picture.  Now I'm 59, and I'm no longer anxious about that.  I also...

  •  I've been through hard times when I was so depressed as to be suicidal, but other people being all dressed up didn't make me feel as though I didn't belong.  Maybe because i like to dress up even...

  •  In our congregation, which is definitely a suburban one, the people who wear jeans to church don't do so because they can't afford "Sunday clothes" but because it doesn't matter to them.  They...

  •  I think we're becoming a bit TOO casual.  There was a time--pobably when there were more members of the older generation from Holland in our congregation who have since moved either westward or...

  •  In our church all the doors of the rooms have windows in them.  Except the furnace room, but that door is locked and only those who have the key can go in there.  So unless, the prospective ...

  •  I check it regularly and usually only find stuff from mediums and other crap of the sort, of which i dispose with the alacrity you can imagine.  At what address do you send them?  The address I...