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Kip Shubert – Safety from Stigma

Safety from Stigma Learning how recovery, addiction, and mental illness are so intertwined has been eye-opening in my three years of sobriety. Being able to see how my depression opened the door to the depths of addiction in my life now makes perfect sense. The stigma that comes with both addiction and mental illness is [...]

By | 2017-03-05T05:30:22+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Categories: Sober, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Sparklle Rainne

Me Vs. My Eating Disorder: How I realized that I was sick and learned to differentiate myself from my sickness By Sparklle Rainne My eating disorder began when I was only eight years old. It began with bulimia, but my diagnosis has changed multiple times throughout my life - I've been diagnosed with bulimia, anorexia, [...]

By | 2017-03-03T12:08:18+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Shauna Dinsart

Lips are moving. Mouths: opening and closing. Food being broken into digestible pieces. Smack. Smack. Smack. The noise gets louder. It can’t just be in my head. Someone is turning up the volume—someone is out to get me. My steady heartbeat begins pounding; harder and faster as the noise becomes louder and louder. Sweat drips [...]

By | 2017-03-01T12:00:05+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

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