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Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Solutions Journalism Network 

What Happened to Sarah?

Chasing the Curve, Part 1

 

Rachel Leathe, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Livingston is one of the Montana towns that had to shift mental health services in response to state budget cuts.

Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman for day treatment. It's 26 miles, across a pass, with strangers at the end of the trip - too far, for someone who struggled to imagine walking around the block.

Her dark hair faded with grey lines, Sarah has dissociative disorder. That means she lives with episodes that steal reality, creating people who aren't there and stalling her sense of time.

"I'm suicidal, anxious, I panic," she said, gripping the fabric of her dress. "When I start thinking a...



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