Ruth Poniarski

Ruth Poniarski

Author-Artist - self employed

Graduated with professional degree in architecture in 1981 from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. In 1977, I innocently ingested angel dust baked in brownie cake at a college party and my life changed; experiencing death defying nervous breakdowns every six months to a year. In between episodes I worked in the male dominated construction field, traveled alone abroad, earned my degree, and had many acquaitance friends. In January of 1985, I found the right doctor and my life took a turn for the better. My breakdowns became more spaced apart and in 1988 I changed my career path to fine art painting. In 1999 I was prescribed an effective anti-psychotic medication and since 2010 I have been 'break free'. My memoir "Journey of the Self-Memoir of an Artist" was published in 2020.

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Part 2 - From Despair to Healing: Ruth’s Battle with Mental Illness and Her Path to Wellness

Explore Ruth’s profound journey from mental health struggles to artistic triumph in this episode. She shares her experiences with anxiety, depression, and resilience. Learn about her transition from architecture to art and find inspiration in her story.

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