I can recall the very moment everything changed. I remember it clearly as if a wire in my brain became unplugged. I was at a friend’s house and I sat down on the edge of the fireplace to settle in for another movie. Except this time was different. Though my body physically stopped moving when [...]

By | 2017-02-24T08:15:12+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Panic|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jaclynn Rumenapp

I Am Not My Illness I was drowning. Water was filling my lungs, and I couldn’t breathe. The world seemed to dance around me, but I only saw it through my blurry vision blocked by water. I was gasping, sputtering, coughing; I was trying everything that I could think of to keep breathing. My hands [...]

By | 2016-07-02T08:35:55+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Panic, 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

Stigna Fighters: Cindy Hess and Jeremy Hess

ME: Mental illness roared into our family like a freight train in the winter of 2002, when he was seven years old. It was probably always there, like a whisper in the distant woods and even though we knew it was eventually going to find us, there was nothing that could be done to prepare [...]

By | 2016-06-08T06:05:38+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Panic, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Allison McDonald

Have you ever completely lost control? I am not talking about a bad frat party in college, I am talking about when your body and mind don't match up. This can happen in so many ways injuries, illness, today for me it was a massive anxiety attack. I'd suffered from postpartum anxiety after the birth [...]

By | 2016-05-21T07:35:33+00:00 May 21st, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Panic, PPD|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Rachel Gearinger

When you have a mental illness, it’s customary to look back on your life and try to decipher when it all started. I’ll start with this: I’ve always felt different. That might sound cliché, but it’s true. As a teenager, I was quiet. I spent a lot of time locked in my room reading books. [...]

By | 2016-04-18T16:53:27+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Panic, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |3 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 : The Anxious Fireman

Dear all, First and foremost my love to you all. My name is Jonny Ward, or the ‘Anxious Fireman’ on Twitter. I am 5’11”, I’m strongly built, a fire-fighter. I enjoy strongman training, travel, adventure, the outdoors and working with my hands. I wear jeans and white t shirts, boots, I sweat! Oh and I [...]

Stigma Fighters: Jessica Robinson

It begins as a slight dizziness, and when I recognize that I’m dizzy, it gets worse and is followed by a tingling sensation in my stomach—almost like butterflies, but much more pronounced. Breathing becomes difficult, black dots dance in front of my eyes. Adrenalin shoots through my body, my skin gets hot and prickly. I’m [...]

By | 2015-03-31T07:15:29+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Categories: Anxiety, Panic|0 Comments