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John Kaniecki

MORE THAN THE MADNESS My name is John Kaniecki and I suffer from bipolar disorder. Please allow me to present my credentials. I have been hospitalized nine times three of them being committed. I have spent over a year locked away. I even spent a night in jail. When I first started taking the medicine [...]

By | 2017-03-08T11:53:55+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Bipolar, Dementia, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

A Glimpse into My Manic Episode

Well, it’s back; the dreaded beast known as mania. I’m in the midst of a relapse and I’m so upset about it. I know exactly how it happened this time. I got sick with the flu and bronchitis about a week and a half ago. And because I was so overextended work-wise, my body took [...]

By | 2017-03-02T09:49:13+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Manic|1 Comment

Taylor Nicole

I remember driving over the Gold Star bridge as a child (the summer before the fifth grade), on the way to an art fair with my mom, and seeing him. He appeared to be standing on the opposite side of the fence of the bridge, and if I remember correctly he was wearing shorts. My [...]

By | 2017-02-22T09:50:19+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|2 Comments

Chris Coombs

For everyone with depression, the experience is different. But you wouldn't know it from our societal image of the black dog. A million and one cookie-cutter 'signs and symptoms' pieces online, will blithely tell you the things to look for. Sleeping too much or not enough, isolating, lack of personal care and loss of interest, [...]

By | 2017-02-13T09:48:01+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

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

TINYLETTER.COM/CRYING Eve Peyser

TINYLETTER.COM/CRYING Eve Peyser I began sending out a newsletter every time I cried because I thought it would be funny. A compulsive journaler obsessed with keeping track of my various mental health issues—depression, anxiety, severe suicidal ideation, ADHD—I never had much desire to keep any of my mental health issues a secret. Talking about what [...]

By | 2017-02-09T15:59:07+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: ADHD, Depression|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Angie Miller

Depression: Thinking in Metaphors I am depressed. The realization comes barreling down on me like a truck with no brakes, slamming headlong as splinters and shards slice open my reality. But the doctor isn’t in the office today. And it’s the weekend. And the counselor has no available openings for months. And I realize that [...]

By | 2017-01-29T17:55:20+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment