What the Negative Thought Bubbles Are Telling Me – Sarah Schuster

What the Negative Thought Bubbles Are Telling Me by Sarah Schuster I call them “negative thought bubbles” because those are the only words I can access at the time. Lying in my high school boyfriend’s bed, I explain to him matter-of-factly he has to let me be until all the bubbles pop. *Pop* You’re a [...]

By | 2017-05-26T07:56:14+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bipolar: A Pharmacist’s View – Laura Romeo

Bipolar: A Pharmacist's View When I got my first job at a retail pharmacy after graduation, I had no idea what to expect. Sure I had worked at the neighborhood pharmacy all through high school and part of college, but we were still filling prescriptions old school with a typewriter. We knew each customer by [...]

By | 2017-05-25T11:02:47+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rebecca

Mental illness is not easy. You cannot simply tell a depressed person to be positive and get over it. You cannot tell someone suffering from anxiety to just stay calm. You cannot reassure a person battling anorexia that if they just eat something it will go away. Mental illness is hard. It’s complicated, exhausting and [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:24:08+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Psych Ward Intake- Jennifer Selinger

Psych Ward Intake (ALL NAMES CHANGED) Dr. Dapirsky had very hairy legs, which she kept under beige nylons. The nylons made her calves look like hairy bank robbers, accessorized with orthopedic shoes. She had long, wiry gray hair parted down the middle, dark eyebrows and round wire glasses. She reminded me of a very eccentric [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:08:24+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Mamas Like Me: You are not alone – Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Dear Mamas Like Me: You are not alone Dear Mamas Like Me, You who struggle daily with mental illness, neurodiversity or past trauma. This is for you. Know you are seen. Know you are not alone. TW for abuse and sexual violence I want to speak up about what it's like to be a mother [...]

By | 2017-05-15T16:31:59+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Rosemond Perdue-Cranner – Divorce, anxiety, and Effexor XR. Slaying the monsters of panic

I thought I’d won. I thought I’d bested my anxiety. With the help of a little itty bitty capsule of Effexor and some strong willed thinking, I thought I’d put anxiety in its place once and for all. Not one to gloat, but I hadn’t had a full blown writhe-in-the-middle-of-the-living-room-at-2am attack in like 3 years. [...]

By | 2017-05-05T09:51:24+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |2 Comments

Marcia Kester Doyle – HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE WITH MY ANXIETY DISORDER

HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE WITH MY ANXIETY DISORDER I've been battling anxiety since I was young. Like many children, I was terrified of the dark and unable to sleep unless the closet light was left on. But during my early school years, my anxiety manifested into a deep fear of traveling to unfamiliar places [...]

By | 2017-05-05T09:46:45+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

S. Matthew McNally

When I was young, about seven or eight, I had “blackouts.” That was my word for them. Not because I lost consciousness or had holes in my memory. They were “blackouts” because it felt like I was blacking out from reality like the world was suddenly a bit more tenuous. Everything around me seemed to [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:45:00+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

#WorkWithToday – A Mindfulness Movement – Sarah Fader and Katie Klabusich

In 1997 I was 17 years old and I wanted to die; mindfulness meditation saved my life. If it wasn’t for Jon Kabat-Zinn’s body scan and sitting meditations, I would be dead. I was able to focus all my anxious and depressed energy into one singular place. My brain literally would not shut the fuck [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:42:48+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: ADHD, Bipolar, PTSD|Tags: , , |0 Comments