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Stigma Fighters: Jed Diamond

When I found my father’s journals, I knew I had to stop running away from mental illness. They were at the bottom of a box containing his unpublished plays and stories that revealed his struggles during the time I was growing up. By the time I read them I was a successful psychotherapist with a [...]

By | 2016-07-06T11:08:18+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Brandon Ha

I was standing there, head lowered down as low as it could possibly go. The bailiff had just told me to rise as some honorable judge made his way through the courtroom and took a seat on his iron throne. Not a single fuck was given. That day as the antipsychotic medication I’d been forcibly [...]

By | 2016-06-06T04:58:59+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Ben Fama Jr.

As a male living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, it often takes us years to figure out what is wrong with us, and sometimes we create a lot of destruction in the wake of even finding out that something is wrong. It’s hard to remember exactly when my story began, but I can [...]

By | 2016-05-27T12:31:37+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Kate Dolan

*Trigger warning -self harm If you had told me I would be where I am today fifteen, ten, or five years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was not always the light-hearted, employed, and (for the most part) stable writer that sits before you behind her mac screen. Quite the opposite - not so [...]

By | 2016-05-26T03:01:50+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Anaiyah Lovely

Looking back on my behavior over the past forty years, I can pinpoint certain events that I realize now, were not of normal behavior. Being ultra-sensitive to television shows (crying over an American Express commercial), finding myself completely destroyed and depressed when it came to rejection, feelings of complete desperation of trying to hold onto [...]

By | 2016-05-17T11:58:29+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Rebecca Lombardo -The Challenges of Being a Bipolar Author

The Challenges of Being a Bipolar Author I’ve spent many, many years dealing with bipolar disorder. However, I’ve only spent a year as a bipolar author. All authors face challenges. Struggling to be published, meeting deadlines, promoting. I am now of the opinion that those of us dealing with bipolar disorder have a different battle [...]

By | 2016-05-15T11:51:42+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Matt Joseph Diaz

Being Good At Living With Mental Illness Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Have It “How do you just talk to people so easily?” she asked me. “I’d be so anxious.” “That’s my secret,” I replied, pulling out my best Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers voice. “I’m always anxious.” I’m often told, especially by people in mental [...]

By | 2016-05-12T11:04:57+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: A.S. Minor

I struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD. Over the last few years I found myself in a very dark and lonely place that I honestly didn't think I would get out of. This dark place led me to psych units across the eastern part of the United States, and as time went [...]

By | 2016-05-05T19:08:03+00:00 May 8th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Emily Hemmerle

An open letter to my mental illness, How I've known you for years, you've molded me into the person I am today. You have 3 sides to you, the anxiety, the mania, and the depression. You've taken a toll on my health but I don't let you control me. The anxiety, man you need to [...]

By | 2016-05-05T05:20:39+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Meridith

I majored in psychology, for a year or two at least, in college so I took plenty of psychology classes back in the early 90s. I remember taking one class in particular. It was called “Abnormal Psychology”. I remember learning about bipolar disorder and thinking, wait, other people don’t feel this way? Other, “normal”, people [...]

By | 2016-04-23T06:24:22+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments