Stigma Fighters: Meghan Shultz

*BIG trigger warning on this post. Talks about Depression and has mention of some graphic suicidal thoughts and actions/ self harm. If you are easily triggered right now, I would not recommended reading this at all. * Unrelenting. Unforgiving. Empty. Hollow. Excruciatingly painful. Physically painful. Confusing. Heavy. Suffocating. Desperate. Lost. Isolated. This is what Depression [...]

By | 2016-03-20T06:09:45+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Categories: Schizoaffective, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Neesa Suncheuri 2

Part 2 I was taking the subway when I finally broke down.  I wandered into a pizza place, and then cried my guts out.  Cops came and drove me to the hospital.  When there, I got a new diagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder with bipolar features.  They put me on meds and sent me home. I [...]

By | 2016-01-16T16:14:59+00:00 January 16th, 2016|Categories: Schizoaffective|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Robynne Lewis

It's high time I wrote about this... My much adored son has gone missing. He suffers from schizophrenia and has been coping with this dreaded illness since at least 2008 (when it was first diagnosed after he shot himself in the head). Deemed a "gifted" art student at a very early age (8), throughout school, [...]

By | 2015-12-03T15:58:50+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: What Tim Is – And Is Not

I get asked a lot what it’s like to raise a child that has a severe mental illness. My son Tim has childhood onset schizophrenia, a rare disorder in that this mental illness usually manifests itself in late adolescence or early adulthood, and it is extremely hard to diagnose in children because the visual and [...]

By | 2015-12-02T14:00:22+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Kevin Nordstrom

You walk in to the old basement gymnasium. The silence is only relieved by the crawling ticks of cheap lighting and the desperate whine of a fly that followed you in from the cold. Lucky for you the fly leaves you alone and heads for the tiny snack table that’s covered with stale donuts and [...]

By | 2015-11-17T14:54:56+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Bruce Ario

Carrying the Message By Bruce Ario With the onset of my illness, I felt I had a lot to prove. What it boiled down to is that I had to prove my self-worth. My ego required some kind of reaction to my diagnosis of schizophrenia. At first my reactions were private and clandestine. I felt [...]

By | 2015-10-24T19:00:52+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jonathan Harnisch

I Have Schizophrenia, But Schizophrenia Does Not Have Me by Jonathan Harnisch My name is Jonathan Harnisch. I have schizophrenia with psychotic features, but schizophrenia and psychosis do not have me. I cannot distinguish what is real and what is not real. My thoughts, mood and behavior are altered, and they change frequently. Sometimes I [...]

By | 2015-10-07T15:32:54+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Michelle Hammer

Talking to myself This is hard to explain and I'm not really sure how to do it but I want to explain what it's like when I talk to myself. Everyone talks to themselves...well a little bit, but not like me. Not like how I do it. They don't feel like they're in different place, [...]

Stigma Fighers : Jonathan Harnisch

Getting Through an Episode The curtain opens. I am Jonathan. I have schizophrenia. I don’t want to make a big introduction. Perhaps some of you have read my work before. For me, schizophrenia is similar to what I have read. In the early material, from such turn-of-the-century psychiatrists as Kraepelin and Bleuler, there seems to [...]

By | 2015-08-25T11:58:03+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Mood, Schizophrenia|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters : Gia Sweeney

I have been putting off telling my story because of the stigma that I'm frightened will come along with it. The embarrassment I feel I may cause those close to me. The fear of not getting employment due to a past filled with mental illness. It's so easy for me to put off what means [...]