About Tessa

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About Tessa

Teresa Smeigh is currently 59 years old and lives in Deptford, New Jersey. She is a mental health blogger and has been featured on 4 websites with her articles about Bipolar Disorder. Her desire is to be a mental health advocate. She has joined a few projects to help try to make more people aware of the disorder and to help eliminate stigma. Teresa has had Bipolar Disorder since she was a child, around 50 years ago, but she was not officially diagnosed until a breakdown 25 years ago forced her to seek help. She also suffers from Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, PTSD and was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder after a recent hospital stay due to a failed suicide attempt. She is currently fairly stable due to her medical cocktail including an antidepressant, an anti-psychotic and an anti-anxiety combination, but this took many years of trying and failing before finding one that she could tolerate. Most of her life she has been without medications and that caused problems in her home and work life.

 

If you would like to take a look at my other blog the address is http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com.


61 Responses to About Tessa

  1. crubin says:

    From one life transitioner to another, good luck!

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  2. Libby says:

    Another 50yo life transitioner here! We should start a club!

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  3. yasniger says:

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out. I sincerely hope you
    continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Please invite
    others too. Be safe, be fair, be good.

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  4. Joyce says:

    Looking over your blog too, and reading a bit of your stories. Nice. I write in first person POV also, with a lot of my fiction. Thanks for stopping by mine and reading mine.

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  5. rich says:

    south jersey, eh? i was born in north jersey, moved down here around 95, and haven’t left yet. maybe about another four or five years and i’ll end up in florida, like most others, but for now i’m good here. hi.

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  6. jessicalle says:

    Yay, Tessa! Not knowing what caused your transition I will simply say, it’s good to meet you. So glad you have arrived. – Jess

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  7. gingerpoetry says:

    Same age same story, different country…regards from Germany, Carmen

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  8. yarnspinnerr says:

    Good luck.

    Thanks for the visit.

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  9. phdinmeblog says:

    Brave to pursue your writing dreams! Light and Love, Shona

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  10. Hello Tessa, thank you for providing a link to this blog. I’m following (stalking?) you here as well now. Good luck with everything you’ve got going on, from a fellow blogger who hasn’t got the time to write just now I hope I can follow your example and write more soon.

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  12. J Lapis says:

    Can’t thank you enough for being an advocate of those with “invisible illnesses”–mine, depression/anxiety, has been tougher for the lack of physical earmarks. Not complaining much, as God takes care of me–but people just don’t get it. Thanks, God bless you.

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  14. Joan says:

    Hi Tessa, We’re neighbors, as I’m from Marlton. I look forward to reading your posts! 🙂

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  15. Mother Hen says:

    Hi Tessa, it’s always a pleasure to meet new bloggers and creative people. Thank you for the follow at Words Like Honey…

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  16. My grandson has suffered for about eight years from many of the conditions that you list for yourself. He has been mis-diagnosed and put on the wrong “cocktail of medication”, as you describe it, many times. The local mental health authority here in Southern England are under a great deal of public scrutiny right now because they have failed to investigate the deaths of over a thousand of their mental health patients. I feel that my grandson is often treated by those who are supposed to care for him, as if he is a criminal. It is a great pleasure when we come to a professional who treats him with care and with a serious desire to help him with his problems. i am sure that you know exactly what I am talking about, and huge kudos to you for being “currently fairly stable.” Long may that continue!

    I wish you well for 2016 and beyond.

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  17. Geetha B says:

    Hello Tessa, I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. You don’t need to follow up with the answers but I really admire your spirit with what you have been through and still going through. I found it amazing that you try to be a beacon of light to others and thought I should share your blog address making use of this specific opportunity. Be well

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  23. ashdapoet says:

    Good for you, advocating to be a mental health advocate after all you’ve been through. Keep going strong. I also suffer from anxiety attacks, and have an anxiety disorder. Followed your blog. Check mine out.

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  24. revengestar says:

    You are a very strong and inspirational woman!

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  25. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Tessa, I am thrilled to have found your blog and look forward to following you. We share a common commitment to creating compassion for those with mental illness. I would appreciate it if you could visit my blog and share your feedback with me. You are an inspiration.

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  26. Alex Sarll says:

    Hi Tessa, I haven’t been on your website for a while, have you changed its appearance? It looks different from how I remembered it. Anyway- I have just hit 100 followers, and you are one of those so I wanted to message say THANK YOU!! It means a lot. I am also hoping to use my site to raise awareness of mental illness issues, and the reality behind serious mental health diagnosis. If you have any hints of ideas on how to gain more traffic they’d be much appreciated. Anyway, thanks a lot, and keep being well 🙂 it makes life so much sweeter don’t you think?! Take care 🙂

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    • Tessa says:

      Hi Alex. Yes the site is different. I had my daughter create a unique header for me she is a computer graphic artist. I am glad you hit 100 followers. The way I began to build my traffic was to follow people in the ideas I was interested in and of course follow those that follow you. You might have to start it first. Find blogs that you are interested in and follow them and maybe comment now and then. Most people will follow back. Now I also used meet and greets between Danny Ray at Dream Big, Dream Often and Jason Cushman’s too. Another thing I did costs some money but I became partners with Danny Ray and he promotes his partners. Every now and then he will have an opening and blog that.

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      • Alex Sarll says:

        Wow, great thanks a lot for this advice.. I am quite good at following the people who follow me, and being active etc.. lol it’s just long, slow work.. But that’s fine, it’s a lot of fun and a great outlet for experience and emotion 🙂 Thanks for following me 🙂

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        • Tessa says:

          You are welcome. It does get harder as your number of followers and followees grow. I am over a 1000 between the 2 blogs and no longer can follow everybody. I had to make a list of those blogs that intrigue me the most and unless I find some extra time, just stick with them and that list is ever-growing and will soon become too big to handles. Just do the best you can.

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