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James D. Creviston

Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Every October since as long as I can remember I have been sad, angry, confused, upset, and illogical. What about October made me upset? Was October just a weird month thanks to Halloween? Many people have feelings of depression, mood swings, and less energy during fall and winter. Some [...]

By | 2017-02-27T12:54:47+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Seasonal Affective Disorder, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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

Joseph Caputo

Spectrum. It's a lovely, loaded word. I like it. Disorder? Thats where you're wrong, kiddo. I have Asperger's Syndrome. What I've just told you tells you nothing. If you meet one person with Autism, you've met only one kind of Autism. The potentialities of the human mind are infinite. Our neurons separate us from the [...]

By | 2017-02-09T11:04:23+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Christina Leigh

You Are Not Your Eating Disorder Of all of the ups and downs we have experienced with our son’s illness; the hospitalization and the setbacks, one of the hardest is hearing my son apologize for his condition. A recent experience really brought to light for me just how much my son feels he has to [...]

By | 2017-01-31T11:40:06+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Anorexia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Lisa

Hello, I am a beautiful soul that has Borderline Personality Disorder. I have lived with it for 52 years, 41 of those completely undiagnosed. I was molested by my dad from the ages of 3 to 13, of which I started remembering in 2005 which was long after the event, long after the drug addiction [...]

By | 2017-01-31T06:15:20+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: Borderline Personality Disorder, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

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