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As a Naturopathic doctor, people are surprised to hear me talk openly about my mental health struggles. After taking medication initially prescribed to alleviate depression and anxiety, I swung into a psychotic manic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1.
After surviving a suicide attempt (which left me in a coma with kidney failure), I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I needed to find another way to navigate my mental health that included more than simply taking medications.
The system saved me in my journey by resuscitating me back to life; but I was without that spark, that joie de vive, that skip in my step, until I discovered how to heal using naturopathic medicine. I say that western medicine allowed me to survive, and with naturopathic medicine I now thrive in my life. And the same can be true for you.
Now the darkness no longer settles in. I don't fall into the depths of despair as I have tools, strategies, and done the deep inner work to understand how to navigate this journey we call "life."
I know that there are powerful, uplifting, and reliable paths toward wellness. Take my hand, and let me guide you on this journey to breaking free from mental health labels.
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"Thank you for reaching out and offering to come and engage with our students today. Your shared personal and professional journey in mental health was such a gift and important opportunity for our students to pause, reflect and support them in continuing along their path. It takes NDs, like yourself, who can show vulnerability and courage to support Thrive in our mission to support students in thinking about and practicing skills of mind, body and spirit on the path to living their fullest life.
On behalf of Thrive CCNM, thank you!"
Dr. Bjorndal is a passionate and well versed speaker. She connects authentically with the audience when she speaks. She tells a deeply
personal story and effectively teaches her audience about mental health. Dr. Bjorndal was the keynote speaker for our event and she
helped to make it a truly successful one!
Dr. Bjorndal is a talented and inspiring speaker. She tells a deeply personal story, connecting deeply with the audience when she
speaks. In addition she is an excellent teacher, teaching complex subjects effectively to a lay audience and to a clinician audience. Dr. Bjorndal would be a great addition to any educational program for either the public or health professionals.
Listening to Dr. Chris speak was mesmerizing and honest to the core. Dr. Chris speaks with wisdom and compassion as she has lived experience that touches everyone listening, | would think that anyone and everyone present could identify with some aspect of the struggles presented. Dr. Chris has given us tools to use to assist ourselves or others we know facing similar challenges. Thank you so much Dr. Chris!
“Dr. Christina Bjorndal is an exceptional educator. Her passion for sharing her knowledge not only comes from her educational background but from living in the trenches of personal health challenges. This makes her teaching unique to those desiring to learn
beyond the typical physiological academic format. Adding the mental and spiritual components to her presentations provides a piece commonly overlooked by others but much needed to be a complete healer.”
“You have been an inspiration for so many people through your participation in the Mental Health Regained public workshops in
Vancouver in 2012 and 2014, and now in Toronto in 2015. Also, your talk at the August 2013 Brain Solutions was the best of the event.
You are making a valuable contribution, for which | am grateful.”
“Dr. Bjorndal, ND presented at our online “Children’s Mental Health Conference, 2020”. She is an incredible speaker with an immense
amount of knowledge. Participants left her presentation feeling empowered, hopeful, and armed with new tools and strategies to help
their family live their very best life. We are so grateful that she was part of the conference.”