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 |2015-12-02T14:00:22-07:00December 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 |2015-11-17T14:54:56-07:00November 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 |2015-10-24T19:00:52-07:00October 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 |2015-10-07T15:32:54-07:00October 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 [...]

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 [...]

Stigma Fighters : Jonathan Harnisch

Living with Mental Illness: Better Doesn't Mean Cured   Sometimes, I feel that I don’t know what’s going on or that I don’t care about anything. I am confused by my feelings, because I’m not able to explain how I feel, except for the emptiness, and I feel that no one is really there for [...]

Stigma Fighters : Celine Koropchak

I recently watched 'Lars and the Real Girl' for the second time and once again was touched by the gentleness of this movie. For those who haven’t seen it, the movie is about a young man who thinks a blow-up sex doll is his real girlfriend. What is so poignant about the movie is how [...]

Stigma Fighters : Sherry M. Joiner

Understanding Stigma I am the first Portland, Oregon-area woman author to publish a memoir about schizoaffective disorder (a little talked about diagnosis of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia). My memoir is called, Sherry Goes Sane: Living A Life With Schizo-Affective Disorder. Most books on mental illness are written by doctors and clinicians, but I feel the [...]