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Ananya Sharma – Our Mirrors and Their Cracks

Our Mirrors and Their Cracks I was born with a mirror given to me. This wasn’t an ordinary mirror; in the sense that it never really reflected my actions as I moved in front of it. In my younger years, when I looked into this mirror, I always saw one still image. I’d always see [...]

By | 2017-11-02T13:08:54+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Rick Chen

What do you want to do with your life? That question has been hounding me for a long time. Since I was in high school, I was trying to find my purpose like so many others my age. We were asked that question since we were little kids and, given our lack of understanding of [...]

By | 2017-10-27T09:40:21+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kate Gibbs

I’ve been denying it, hiding it, covering it up, but the pressure of pretenses has become too much. I’m never going to be “normal”, or my version of it. I get that ‘normal’ is not a real standard anymore. People are starting to own their differences and not allow themselves to be placed in a [...]

By | 2017-10-26T21:04:24+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stephen Smith

Although I have had an opportunity to rack up a fair share of successes, there was a time when I could barely leave my house as I struggled with the crippling symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which causes uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and behaviors. This struggle occurred due to one major reason: there was little access [...]

By | 2017-10-23T21:05:42+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: OCD, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Elizabeth Ayala

My breakthrough Three years ago, I checked myself into the emergency psychiatric unit. In the three weeks leading up to that hospital visit, I went through cycles of agitation, moments of paranoia that the helicopters overhead were coming for me, and had several epiphanies. The notes I scribbled on my discoveries were simply gibberish. It [...]

By | 2017-10-16T13:34:48+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|2 Comments

Brooke Hilton

March 2015 I trudged through the sand of Santa Monica Beach awaiting the celebration which was to ensue upon my arrival. The beach was filled with spectators as I went to the shore to set up shop. I laid out my beach towels and camouflaged workout gear. I scattered shells and crystals about with magic [...]

By | 2017-10-14T11:05:08+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Kason Michaels

Trigger warning - sexual assault  In one of my favorite movies, "Interstellar," two characters have a conversation about the nature of evil as they go out into space and the great unknown. "You don't think nature can be evil?" One character asks. "No," the other replies. "Formidable. Frightening. But... no, not evil. Is a lion [...]

By | 2017-10-09T10:36:39+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira McCarthy

The Day I Told an Entire Country That I Have an Eating Disorder By Kira McCarthy Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. They also have the biggest stigma. Eating Disorders (ED’s) are misunderstood, not talked about, and extremely dangerous. What makes them so dangerous is the silence. Too many people, including medical professionals, [...]

By | 2017-09-27T13:27:18+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Eating, LGBTQ, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments