PTSD

My Daughter Saved My Life – Jessie Gill

My daughter saved my life when I was 15. The thread was cobalt blue, and after I finished, I admired my work. At only thirteen, my embroidery was sloppy, but pride still swirled in my gut. The pride stemmed from accomplishment and mastery. Not a mastery of sewing skills, but as I stitched the letters [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:09:08+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Categories: PTSD|Tags: , |0 Comments

Shauna Dinsart

Lips are moving. Mouths: opening and closing. Food being broken into digestible pieces. Smack. Smack. Smack. The noise gets louder. It can’t just be in my head. Someone is turning up the volume—someone is out to get me. My steady heartbeat begins pounding; harder and faster as the noise becomes louder and louder. Sweat drips [...]

By | 2017-03-01T12:00:05+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

My Mom, Me, & PTSD By Courtney Blake

Mental illness has always been familiar to me. My mom has lived with depression and anxiety for the majority of her life. There were days she wouldn’t get out of bed, but would remain curled up with her tattered red robe, with a pillow over her head. My sister and I learned to play quietly [...]

By | 2017-02-21T11:41:50+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: PTSD|1 Comment

Karen Kaiser

Wrestling for Control of My Mental Health Mental illness is a unique issue in that everybody has an opinion about what it is, how to treat it, the use/efficacy of medication, etc. Often, the person suffering doesn’t have a voice. In the past, I worked as a caretaker and nursing assistant for patients with physical [...]

By | 2017-02-10T12:50:10+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Krista Pylkki

I didn’t know anyone.  Maybe that’s why it happened.  I had family history of it.  Maybe that’s what happened.  During October of my freshman year of college, symptoms of mental illness began.  It was scary and foreign to me.  I didn’t know what it was or what to do and suffered in silence for the [...]

By | 2016-10-20T11:01:31+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Categories: Depression, OCD, PTSD|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Morgan Shamy

Emptiness. Loneliness. Feeling hideous. Like you’re worthless. That there’s no point in existing anymore. The demons scream inside your head, telling you you’re not good enough. That you’ll never be good enough. That no one loves you. That no one wants to be around you. Why would anyone? You’re not skinny enough. Pretty enough. Talented [...]

By | 2016-09-01T11:48:11+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Patrick J. Derilus 2

i can kinda understand why i didn't used to express how i was feeling. because i was traumatized by my own "father." days extending to months, to years have i heard my father shout at me, harshly asserting that i am to blame for his mishaps, his key gone missing, so he grabbed me by [...]

By | 2016-08-30T09:29:00+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Categories: PTSD|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Rose Lockinger

I struggled with an all or nothing mentality for a long time starting in my teens. I was either obsessed with something or had no interest in it whatsoever. I was was either happy or sad. I had no middle ground. The line that separated these ideas was thin leaving little room for the gray [...]

By | 2016-06-23T08:33:33+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Linda H.

I’m 50 years old, and I have PTSD that is probably complicated by traumatic brain injury. To look at me you wouldn’t know, but I have an EEG scan of my brain to prove it. Until recently, I didn’t know what it was like to not feel anxiety, depression, paranoia, shame and a nagging belief [...]

By | 2016-06-08T06:13:54+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments