My name is Tom Ryan
, and I am the founder of Nobody’s Normal
and author of 8 Ways to Kick Ass with Mental Illness
. I am a fifty-something business owner living in Dallas, Texas. I have been under the care of psychologists and psychiatrists for over half of my life. I have taken more than 20 medications for depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. I am the face of “crazy.” Yet, I believe I am the most normal person in the world!
As a successful entrepreneur who has struggled to thrive with mental illness, I decided to speak out, lead the charge and provide solutions for those who are like me. And there are a lot of us. I was educated at a Jesuit university and in private Catholic elementary and high schools. Although I struggled with disciplinary issues throughout my early education, I excelled athletically and socially. I was a good student academically, was prom king and was elected to multiple school boards. I hold a degree in psychology and interned at a mental health facility. Physically, I am the picture of health and have completed multiple Ironman triathlons. I have close and loving relationships with my college-aged and high-school-aged daughters, and my former wife and I are very close.
What’s more, I have been a successful self-employed entrepreneur since the age of 18. I’ve suffered setbacks, of course, and have been broke, bankrupt and lived in my truck. But I have not only survived but have thrived in business. You can visit my business website at www.dallasathletesracing.com
. Every single day I “mentally” fight like heck. But I never let “it” win. I struggle
, but I choose to excel
. I no longer take any medication. I’ve created a lifestyle and strategy that allows me to function at a very high level.
I am NOT looking for a “cure” for mental illness. Rather, I look to excel with it as a part of who I am. I believe mental illness can be a strength
, not the weakness society projects! And I’m not the only one. That’s why I’ve started Nobody’s Normal – an uprising for those affected by mental illness. I am not hiding or ashamed. If you’re ready to stop hiding and ready to destroy the perception of mental illness, join our movement now