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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

Mary Vogt

Grip the door handle, opening with reluctance Entering foreign territory to the mind Walk to the booth, shaken to the core From the cold and sudden fear Family reads the specials for today Chowder, cheese, chocolate ganache Trembling with each word that graces my ears Time for the great escape Lavatory, my sanctuary Nauseating emaciation [...]

By | 2017-09-26T16:11:47+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Andre Golin

Asperger’s sucks. It’s like you’re stuck at the bottom rung of a social ladder, and no one cares. Like your hands are slippery and the step is wet and every damn foot above has to step on your fingers. Asperger’s is like treading on eggshells blindfolded. It’s like playing a game where everyone but you [...]

By | 2017-09-25T13:03:37+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Javier Luna – It’s okay to be a broke-dick

“It’s okay to be a broke-dick,” by Javier Luna “Don’t be a broke-dick.” I heard this phrase a lot during my 4 years in the Marine Corps. In the military, we come up with a plethora of colorful and derogatory phrases to make the drudgery and bullshit more bearable. This one, in particular, is used [...]

By | 2017-09-22T09:25:29+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Joe Caputo – “Spring of a Silent Legend”

"Spring of a Silent Legend" In the black caverns of travel Above the city beats In the cloister of clank and babble Blind to skyscraper and streets Inhaling before the egress Poprocks peppering oxygen New York's spiritual release After decades of distance and stasis In the relativity of mind and time The metropolis is where [...]

By | 2017-08-29T15:15:05+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Aliah Scantlin

When I say anxiety, what comes to your mind? You might say nervousness, stress, or maybe even depression. Which leads me to question number two, when I say depression, what comes to your mind? Most people think they know whats going on when you say you have anxiety or depression. "Oh I feel sad sometimes too" or "Don't [...]

By | 2017-08-20T10:03:42+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Kirsten von Aulock

Some women approach the topic of pregnancy with thoughts of optimism and enthusiasm. Others, meet this topic after deep reflection and deliberation. And even fewer women, broach the topic of pregnancy with honest fear and apprehension. "According to Psychology Today (2015), Research suggests that women are about 40% more likely than men to develop depression. [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:06:00+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Hadley Thayer

Running: Away from or towards myself I have only one tattoo. It’s located on the inside of my left wrist and simply says, “Stay”. I got it immediately after leaving my first ED treatment center, at 18 years old, and haven’t gotten another since. It’s the most important message from myself, to myself. It’s also [...]

By | 2017-08-09T14:20:28+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Eating, Stigma Fighters, Weight|0 Comments