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Katie Lou

For the past 25 years I was oblivious to the fact that what I have been living with is considered a mental health condition, instead I went about my days thinking the others around me were strong and confident individuals whereas I believed I was just not. As I grew up I came to learn [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:04:00+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Sarah M.C.

More than anything, I want to help other people around me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always helped others before helping myself. I was under the impression from a young age that if you gave yourself self-love or self-care that you were selfish. This is unfortunately the conditioning that we receive at a very [...]

By | 2017-03-22T16:40:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder|0 Comments

Alpha Males Don’t Talk About Feelings, Right?

For a bizarre fucking reason growing up, I was taught to bottle my feelings so that I could reserve my place in 'real-man' heaven. I always believed that crying was an expression of inner weakness which I needed to contain so I could keep up the appearance of this red-meat eating, lumberjack who was impervious [...]

By | 2017-03-20T16:23:19+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Stephanie Paige

I Am Surely Dying... It truly amazes me how in the matter of just a few days, my body and my brain, can completely double cross me... A friend of mine recently posted how we are less than 200 days away from Christmas.  This had me thinking about last Christmas and my immediate family that [...]

By | 2016-06-21T07:26:42+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Categories: Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Caroline A. Slee

The Monster in the Bed When anxiety rears its ugly head. I was always a nervous kid. When my classmates were jumping off the top of the monkey bars, I was worried about broken bones. I was cautious and timid. Really, I was scared. If anyone had asked me what I was scared of, I [...]

By | 2016-01-28T08:37:47+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Jessica Robinson

Finding Ways to Control and Cope with Anxiety When I was in high school, my friends and I used to tease my dad mercilessly. Whenever one of my siblings or I wanted to go out, he would ask the same set of questions: “Where are you going? Who’s going to be there? What are you [...]

Stigma Fighters : Dave Wise

Recovery by Walking with a Pug and a Friend in the Rain... About a month back, I went for a walk around the outside of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It was an overcast morning, and I was feeling somewhat depressed and anxious about my personal life and career life. I called my friend C. He [...]

Stigma Fighters : Rey Burgess

Living with a Spouse with Borderline Personality Disorder Late night. Full mind. Emptier bed, but not totally. She sleeps peacefully, finally. After the repeated questions, "When is mommy coming home?" "Soon," I reply. "In a few days. Don't worry." I worry. I'm always worried. Full mind. Emptier bed. Hard to decipher the feelings. Anger, disappointment, [...]

Stigma Fighters : Jae Taylor

If my mental illness was my name, then I would have to be introduced: Bipolar Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Short-term Auditory Memory Dysfunction. A mouthful to be sure, and not a name I’m too chummy with. Then there is one that I rarely tell anyone. It’s the reason [...]

Stigma Fighters : Maya Garcia

I am my own greatest gift to the world!! Please read those words carefully and take them all in before judging. I say that as much to myself as to anyone else. Because it's taken me years of therapy, analysis, soul-searching, shaman-style self healing, and connecting to spirituality to finally figure it out- I AM [...]