Amber Watson

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How do I get my story out there?

I am a 19 year old bisexual female with bipolar type 2, epilepsy, past anxiety and various other problems. I have spent two months in a mental health care hospital and want to share my philosophy, story and perspective. I would really like any input from the community here on how I could get my story out there to try and help other young people who may be in my situation.

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    Apr 8 2014: Your first step might be to talk to a favorite teacher or counselor at your high school or perhaps a health worker at a place that helped you deal with your health challenges in a constructive way. Perhaps they will know of young people in your own community you could help in a quiet way.
  • Apr 14 2014: Mind your own business,do well in your undertakings ahead of you. As soon as you accomplish certain type of success,people would come to you, high-profile interviews will be around you everyday. Only if you turn yourself into excellency,your story will be valued and praised.
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    Apr 12 2014: Amber- My suggestion is to address one subject at a time. Do your best to offer others insight in to what you are dealing with and how you deal with it.

    Don't be afraid to get your story out. If your life is as complex as it seems, you won't be able to tell your story in one post. If you try, you will lose your readers. Good luck to you.
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    Apr 12 2014: Amber, Like all the others who answered ... I don't know.

    There are organizations and support groups for almost every ailment ... I might start there. Do you go to specialists? Ask them if your story might help others and he may make a call or a suggestion.

    Don't go empty handed asking them to invest time, money and effort ... make a outline, list experiences, and possible benefits of your story ... it is up to you to "market" this effort.

    Just suggestions from someone who IS NOT in the business.

    Be well. Bob.
  • Apr 10 2014: I have not seen a 1 -2 -3 'pilot's list" of what is the quickest way to get any story out there.

    I am having issues with our US political system, such as directly speaking to or emailing a representative
    elected to congress, I feel stymied and boxed out. Throwing a letter or email towards said representative
    gets only a request for your life history, then a one sided email form, a long-delayed response form letter,
    and no actual communication.

    Then of course there is Microsoft who puts a Banner across the screen, stopping any forward progress.
    Not loading any programs, until you either shut down or visit their Store to either download Windows 8.1 or
    view all their Apps for Try and Buy. Today, although I had previously loaded 8.1, Microsoft used 4.5 Hours
    to Download 8.1 and go their processes, only to state at the very end, that they were unable to load 8.1.
    Gee Dad, I wonder why. Why they continue to sell me the same junk over and over again.
    TED might go all Goo Goo and Gaa Gaa over Bill Gates, but I sure don't.

    Amber, I am so sorry that you have problems and cannot find a solution. Good Luck.
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    Apr 10 2014: Contact a professional who specializes is any one of the ailments you've got insider perspective on. A university or hospital may be a place to start. Send them an email or letter explaining that you'd like to offer any insight you may have that could help their studies. They may end up publishing a paper about/with you.
  • Apr 9 2014: I think putting the story out there might help you as well as other people. If you have not been keeping a journal of some kind, perhaps you should start. If it is electronic, and you do decide to share the story publicly, then you will be that much further along.

    Blogs and feedback situations are not always frequented by friendly people. I like Fritzie's idea about speaking to a professional in the field to find the best fit.

    It sounds like you have had some dark times in your life. Bravo for working yourself through these trials and emerging with a positive attitude and a desire to help other people still struggling. You must be a very strong person.
  • Apr 9 2014: Start typing! You can start by posting your experiences here in this conversation. Though ted conversations isn't as well known as TEDtalks, there are new people joining all the time. It may not be a big book deal, but you could very well help another young person that finds your story here.
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    Apr 8 2014: would you want to make videos and put them on YouTube?

    how do you think getting your story out there will help other people?
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    Apr 8 2014: How about starting a blog to share your story? You can do that for free. You can use social media, such as Facebook, to attract attention to what you have to share and then direct people to your blog. If you do this in an interesting, open and welcoming way, others will pay attention and also share links to your writing with their friends and you audience will grow. And while you're at it, you'll most likely receive helpful contributions from others with similar stories.

    Best wishes on your life journey.