Nicole SharpeProject Manager
Sam DaileyProject Manager
Carin RomeroSocial Media Team
Kaleyna CainSocial Media Team
Anxious and Hungry#MHBlogFam Team
Nicole is a fierce and passionate advocate for mental health, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Nicole was first diagnosed with a severe episode of depression associated with Major Depressive Disorder in March of 2018 after she admitted herself to her local hospital for 2-3 weeks of frequent suicidal ideations.
She was okay with her diagnosis at first, but she began to notice other possible symptoms of other mental illnesses after she was discharged from the hospital. She discussed them with various mental health professionals but none seemed to take them into account. In the Summer of 2018, she decided to look for a different mental health professional due to not feeling comfortable talking to them and after feeling as though her other potential symptoms weren’t being taken into consideration.
In August 2018, Nicole was officially diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder, depression, and anxiety by her new therapist. It is also possible that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
Nicole’s journey with mental illness began before she can remember, as a result of Complex Childhood Trauma. This trauma led her to a long-term addiction to an array of substances, homelessness, making a host of poor choices just to survive; including survival crime, and an overall state of unwell, desperation and hopelessness. Through the support of a few remarkable individuals, including her now husband, paternal grandparents, her sister, a peer who was further down their recovery path and an amazing team of mental professionals she was able to take a “strong right turn” in her recovery. Nicole has been clean and sober since February 9, 2003, and has not been acutely ill since the Summer of 2006. Nicole now lives a life full of hope, resilient and gratitude. Nicole feels extremely blessed to now be able to dedicate her life to supporting others on their recovery journey.
Nicole’s official diagnosis are: Rapid Cycling, Mixed State Bipolar I with Schizoaffective traits, Complex Post Trauma Stress Disorder, Undefined Panic Disorder, Complex Anxiety Disorder, Nonspecific Substance Induced Eating Disorder and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Nicole is also a suicide survivor.
Although Nicole considers herself to be in recovery, she still struggles with body dysmorphia, nonvisible self harm, depression and anxiety on a daily basis.
Sam is a recently turned 30-year-old male with high functioning autism for which he is currently advocating for in awareness and especially acceptance.
Sam has suffered through a decade of clinical depression and has finally been officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and PTSD in early 2018.
He strives to use his and as many people’s stories as possible to educate the general population on mental health and autism. His ultimate goal is to end the stigma and reform mental health care and equality/inclusion between neurodivergent and neurotypical people.
Carin Romero is a licensed clinical social worker from Maine. She has worked with multiple populations such as children, adolescents, adults, and families and is currently working as an Emergency Services clinician in an emergency room completing crisis assessments for individuals with suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and psychosis.
She is also a member of the Maine Air National Guard since 2009, and loves getting lost in YA novels, photography and hiking in the New England mountains with her husband, daughter & fur baby.
She’s the founder of WeTalkMH, an online social media platform that aims to educate others about MH from a providers view point in order to help #breakthedamnstigma.
Anxious and Hungry is a new mental health food blog I set up due to my pent-up frustrations with irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and anxiety. Each week’s post ranges from gluten-free/dairy-free recipes, personal dealings with food anxiety, and evidence-based information about mental health!
I aspire to be a Clinical Psychologist, so being apart of the mental health community is really important to me. Basically, if you like psychology and food, this is the blog for you.