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Adriel Maldonado
Adriel Maldonado

Adriel has suffered from bouts of widespread pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety since childhood. In 2010, at the age of 22, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She has struggled since then with finding the best treatment for her symptoms and is always in pursuit of living a more natural life. Adriel went on to have two sons with her husband…

Anna Jackson
Anna Jackson

Anna is a freelance writer from Cornwall, United Kingdom. Anna was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety at the age of 17 and also diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in January 2015. Outside of her work, Anna writes short stories that focus on Mental Health over at her blog as well as spending free time dabbling in photography.

Brenda Vanta
Brenda Vanta

Brindusa (Brenda) Vanta is an alternative health care doctor, author and medical writer. She has written for the Livestrong, South Asian Health Chronicle, Oakville Massage Community and Information Network, and she focuses on nutrition and homeopathy. She received her MD degree from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine, Romania, and her HD diploma from Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Brittany Da Silva
Brittany Da Silva

Brittany has been dealing with the symptoms of anxiety and depression since 2003 and has been writing for NewLifeOutlook|Anxiety since November 2017. She wants to assure others suffering with mental illness that they are not alone, while also proving that despite how debilitating anxiety and depression can be, it is possible to lead a contented and fulfilling life. Growing up,…

Codie Wright
Codie Wright

Codie was diagnosed with anxiety, fibromyalgia, CFS, and IBS during her last year of University and since then, she has been trying to find the bright side and humor in everything through her work with NewLifeOutlook and her own personal blog. NewLifeOutlook has given Codie an amazing support system, as well as the chance to share her own experiences with…

Donna Schwontkowski
Donna Schwontkowski

With over 25 years of experience in treating patients from an alternative health perspective, Dr. Donna Schwontkowski offers insight into how to use natural methods of healing to significantly improve your health. Her background includes being a retired chiropractor, a dietitian in charge of nursing home residents’ nutritional needs, a clinical nutritionist, and a Master Herbalist.

Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson

Eric L. Patterson, LPC, is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania, who has been working for over a decade to help his clients live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner and freelance writer specializing in transferring his mental health knowledge and experience into clear, actionable content for his readers. Recently, Eric’s writing has expanded to a…

Krystina Ostermeyer
Krystina Ostermeyer

Krysti is a 30-something wife to Brad, and mother to Logan. She also happens to suffer from anxiety and has had migraines since she was 12 years old. In August of 2017, she also had a meningioma (a benign brain tumor) removed. She writes for the anxiety and migraine of NewLifeOutlook, as well as a variety of other pages. She…

Lana Barhum
Lana Barhum

Lana Barhum is a freelance medical and health writer from Northeast Ohio. She has written for a variety of online health publications, including the Pain News Network, Alliance Health, Upwell, Mango Health, New Life Outlook, Medical News Today, News Medical and The Mighty. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008, Lana uses her experiences to share expert advice…

Natasha Devine
Natasha Devine

Natasha is a passionate story-teller who has always been able to make a long story longer. She was diagnosed with chronic depression and general anxiety disorder in her early teens and is grateful that she can use her experience to help empower others. Beyond NewLifeOutlook, Natasha writes on her blog, It’s a Devine Life, about food, movies, life, and everything…

Scott Ste Marie
Scott Ste Marie

Scott is a mental health advocate who has been sharing his story of depression and anxiety for over 5 years. His mission is to empower people by helping them realize that mental illness is not a weakness but an opportunity for personal growth and development. Scott’s message has reached millions online through social media channels which supports the fact that…