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 |2016-10-20T11:01:31-07:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Depression, OCD, PTSD|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: The ‘Ready to Die But Still Alive’ Suicide Club (and the Life That Follows)

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay reminded him that it's only the choice of the individual that truly matters. “I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.” (Roger Zelazny, Frost & Fire) Since a young age I’ve thought about death, dying, or suicide almost every day—through adolescence when I had my depressive and “serious [...]

By |2016-09-26T09:50:27-07:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Marianne Peel

Ceremony It began with miniature bruises, really. An index finger pressed hard onto the septum of the nose. Determined pressure to rid the face of one bony protrusion. Counting to one hundred ten times. A perverted rosary prayer nightly without benefit of bead or crucifix before disappearing into sleep. Cuts followed later. Innocuous little incisions, [...]

By |2016-09-19T11:11:51-07:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighter's Poetry, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Laura Jean Annabelle

I live with: ADHD, depression and anxiety disorder. I have suffered with depression for 5 years and my anxiety for 1–2 years. I also have sensitivity which I get from my mom and I'm still working on coping with better, handling/managing my symptoms, thoughts and actions from the sensitivity. I have fully recovered from my [...]

By |2016-09-16T11:17:40-07:00September 16th, 2016|Categories: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Erin Mueller

I Am Your Self Hate I do not want to get better, and I hate these therapy groups you go to. I will not let you feel anything but the suffering I believe you deserve. I will drive everyone who is close to you away with my wicked ways. I don’t want to have fun. [...]

By |2016-09-09T08:53:30-07:00September 9th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Mood, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Kelley Cantrell

Trigger warning: I go into a bit of backstory regarding how my super religious homeschooled upbringing changed how my mental health as a teenager was/wasn’t treated. Some of this content could be triggering. In the deep South, you go to church every Sunday, say “y’all”, and always properly address your elders. You drink sweet tea [...]

By |2016-09-06T10:52:32-07:00September 6th, 2016|Categories: Depression, LGBTQ, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments