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Sober Tony

I'm living on a tropical island, surrounded by beautiful people, and I'm constantly treated like a VIP. That's all true, but it's not the whole story. I'm also a 39-year-old alcoholic who abandoned his wife, 8 kids, church job, and everything else that once mattered to me. My rental is 1,700 miles away from my [...]

By | 2017-07-12T15:09:24+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment

Andrew LeClerc

Allow me to tell you something that I have dealt with and continue to manage, but certainly, does not define who I am as a person at all. I was diagnosed with a mental difference called schizophrenia. About two and a half years ago something happened to me; when a history of experienced trauma in [...]

By | 2017-05-30T17:52:38+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

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 | 2017-05-30T17:50:17+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 | 2017-05-30T17:44:56+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 | 2017-05-30T17:42:25+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 | 2017-05-30T17:40:38+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

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