Hello, I'm Mary Darud.


Personal growth and development, learning about trauma, attachment styles, resilience, self-compassion are some of my core passions and interests. I also love exploring, going on adventures, lakes, beaches, and oceans. I launched Brilliant Life Community following when my teenager was hospitalized and was diagnosed with anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia.

A Mother's Mission Launches a Mental Health & Wellness Community

I am a self-employed single mom of a young adult who has been housebound for 9 years with panic disorder and PTSD. At one time I was at my own breaking point and ready to walk away from my mortgage. But I continued to be curious, diligent, and relentless to find the answers, and eventually uncovered the issue. I found the work of neuroscientists Stephan Porges, PhD, Robert Scaar, PhD, and traumatologists Peter Levine, Ph.D., and David Berceli, Ph.D. and Danny Reade, a young adult with autism,  and finally understood what my son was struggling with and why traditional mental health treatment models were not helping my son recover functioning in the daily activities of living.

I understand it is very painful to see your adult child struggling and even regressing in their level of functioning and being out in the world and on pace with their peers, having fun.

Now I want to share with the parents my expertise, my service,  a program that provides coaching and support based on the new models of neuroscience that will help their young adults move forward along their path to reaching the milestones of adulthood.

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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) can occur in all people, of any ethnicity, culture, and at any age. According to the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, PTSD affects approximately 3.5% of US adults every year, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. 

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Tips To Manage Anxiety & Stress

When you are feeling anxious or stressed here are some coping strategies:

  1. Eat healthy, do not skip any meals
  2. Limit alcohol & caffeine, which can trigger panic attacks and aggravate anxiety.
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Herbs to help Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a complicated disease.  The symptoms that are associated with this disease can be treated with medication.  Not the traditional medications, but with herbs.  Any use of herbs should be discussed...

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Mary asks you to join her in her cause. Share your stories. Offer your expertise. Help increase the knowledge of everyone seeking answers for the young adults that depend on you for support.

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