The story of the Rockaway Peninsula dentist who went into shock when she noticed a new patient, was diagnosed with depression and went into a depression ward.
Diana Buehler is one of the first women to ever be diagnosed with dementia.
She went into treatment at the Rockaways Peninsula Dental Clinic, and after six months, she was diagnosed and sent home to Connecticut.
She was treated for her depression at the hospital, where she says she was treated like a rock.
She left the hospital and has remained there for years, living in her car with a small group of friends.
“My whole life I was just doing everything in my power to get through it,” she says.
Buehler, 53, says she has been dealing with mental health issues for the past 10 years, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.
“I am still trying to figure out how to deal with my mental health,” she said.
Buellaess family dentist in Rockaway, Conn., with new patient.
Photo: Michael ChowFor years, Buelles mother and father struggled with their daughters mental health.
Bues mother, Diane Buehl, a former school teacher, had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
She said she was “completely devastated” when she learned she was pregnant with her daughters first child, who was born without a heartbeat in October 2015.
Bues daughter, Jessica, is now 18 years old and lives with her grandparents.
But Buelliess family therapist, Donna Bueller, says Jessica Buelemans bipolar disorder has “changed her whole personality.”
Bueellers son, Dylan, was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been in and out of treatment for years.
Bueler says the family has tried to help Jessica cope with her bipolar disorder but she “never stopped trying to take her meds.”
“Dylan is now a teenager and a teenager can be very difficult,” she told CNN.
“Dylan has to go to school and to socialize and he’s very shy and I don’t want him to feel like he can’t talk to anyone.”
She also says her daughter has struggled with her anger issues and a “psychological breakdown” after her mother’s death in 2015.
“I think she has had a mental breakdown because she has to be in school and be in the community,” Bueler said.
“We’re very concerned about her emotional well-being and how she is managing it and is not getting help,” she added.
“She’s in a very dark place and she’s trying to cope, but it’s very difficult for her to do it because it’s just not something she can talk about,” Buelers mother added.
Buelers son Dylan Bueiler, 17, has been diagnosed and in treatment at a Rockaway Dental clinic.
Photo by Michael ChowBuellaesses son Dylan, who now attends a Connecticut school, was placed in the Rockover Dental program, which provides free mental health treatment for adults and children.
“Dys mental health has been a difficult subject for me, but I’m proud of her and she is doing well,” Bues son, who asked to remain anonymous, said in a statement to CNN.
Buerliess family has also tried to raise money for her son’s treatment, but “we’ve had a hard time getting the donations that we need,” Bühler said.
“The kids that we have have been very overwhelmed with support and we need to keep up with donations.”
Buelless has started a GoFundMe page to help her son and the families of others who may be suffering from mental health problems.
“There’s not a lot out there that can help,” Buerhler said of the community.
“It’s very challenging and we are very thankful that people are so supportive of us and help us to keep on fighting.”
The Rockaways peninsula is known for its natural beauty, its beaches, the pristine water and its beautiful people.
But this is a community with a history of drug abuse, murder and other crimes, which has resulted in a history in the United States of violence.
The city has a history with drug use, which is why Bueillers son said the community has seen “some changes” in the last few years.
Buellaness family, a woman and a woman with a young child.
Photo courtesy of Diana Bueiller.
“They’ve gotten a lot better, a lot happier, a little more relaxed,” Buingler said, adding that she wants the Rockabilly community to “keep fighting for mental health and better treatment.”
Bueler said the town is “really struggling to come together” and to help those in need.
“We’re really struggling to find a way to put the pressure on to people,”