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​​Kristy McMorlan​​
Author / Photographer

Fear can conquer you, or you can conquer fear.

Can Mental Illness and Organized Religion coexist? Kristy believes it can, with education and a willingness.

Although, religious societies appear to have a harder time realizing that Mental Illness is a valid medical diagnosis, which can live within any relationship.

Mental Illness has three possible activators:  

  • Organic:   
    Predisposition
      
  • Trauma:   
    Shock
       
  • Spiritual:   
    Mindset

All can leave a person with counterfeit thinking, which uneducated people oftentimes lump into one category and label it with an Unwanted Stigma. ​​ 

People often fear what they don’t understand. Let's terminate the unconscious judgement that encourages the stigma and awaken Organized Religion to the frequently disregarded subject of:  Mental Illness .  
It's time to eradicate the shame frequently associated with Mental Health Struggles. 
​​"A problem cannot be solved without understanding it."

-McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES In The Trash"

Kristy courageously shares her mother's journey into Schizophrenia, and writes a tribute to her mother, as an aid in removing the stigma surrounding Mental Health struggles. She advocates through her mother's story.

Kristy links her own story of overcoming psychological trauma; a childhood damaged by lies, secrets, and scandal. These were the predecessor to Kristy's ​ Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: C-PTSD. 

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

-Jean De La Fontaine
Fables Book VIII (1678–1679), Fable 16 (1621-1695)

​​Kristy McMorlan's
Religious Trauma 

Kristy was content living her life quietly, full of acquiescent behavior; yet, she didn't think the traumatic recessed memories , from her childhood, should have reemerged through the unkindness displayed within her former Religious Community.

Kristy found herself in a "Church Hurt", which left her broken by the very place that should have shown  Grace; instead, she was victimized once again. 

Flashbacks,  associated with trauma, frequently lead abuse survivor’s reactions; but, that doesn't mean all abuse survivors are detrimental.

The reality is: Trauma within a Church environment can and often does happen, by no fault of the victim.

God called Kristy to write her story for His glory. To expose she struggled with: Amnesia from horrific childhood experiences, which was revisited through present day unkindness within context of a religious environment.

Kristy travels uncharted waters as she shares her mom's and her own story of: How they both became victimized; neither were harmful.

​​One of Kristy's favorite things to do is: Place “hikers” on her feet and take a trek; preferably to photograph God’s mighty splendor.

After many years of giving her “hobby” lots of attention she realized: She had many incredible memories, and lots of photographs. It became a question, “What does she do with all these photographs?” 

Kristy is part of several social media sites and realizes other people can produce more fabulous works of art than she does. Kristy does have a passion which was born through adversity.

Although, people have conveyed, repeatedly, she has an eye for producing a magnificent product. You can decide that for yourself by looking at more of her photography on Kristy's Photography Page.

Kristy’s overwhelming grief, after being shattered through her Church Community, needed to find a healthy outlet and photography became a source of healing. 
"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies Inside of you.”
 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
​(1803 - 1882) 

Get Acquainted 
Kristy discovered that she loves to write; however, social media has its blessings and curses. A quick text, FB post, Tweet , or Email keeps her connected to others, but gone is eye contact, reading of body language, and personal interaction; such as a hug.

People can send an emoji along with their correspondence, to convey a feeling or even soften their words. But, gone is the relational connective aspect many of us desire in our own life.

Social media keeps us connected to people we love outside our ability to chat in person with, because their, or our life, is overwhelmingly full. Or, perhaps miles and distance keep us apart. ​ Our life is made easier to find new people and keep connected with the old; nevertheless, in many ways disconnected. 

There's a whole lot more to Kristy than what she conveys through Social Media, and sometimes she yearns for this part of her to be connected to others.
"In all reality some things cannot be fixed; you can only accept them for what they are, while learning from it and living with it."

-McMorlan, K. (2018) "TREASURES In The Trash"