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Joy Pearson

Bubble and gurgle Boil and spout These ugly feelings Want to come out Warm acidic pressure Tight eyes and sealed lips it's a wonder they can't tell I'm near falling to bits A quick action A thoughtless mistake Killed all good vibes Quiet animosity overtakes Shut my mouth Glue close my eyes But not my [...]

By | 2017-04-17T08:39:30+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Jenifer Walsh

Four words you never want to hear: ‘I want to die.’ Or, the other variation, ‘I want to kill myself.’ Living with two children with serious mental illness who were diagnosed very early (age 7/8) who also have pretty constant suicidal ideation is, just frankly, stressful and heartbreaking. I can remember when my now nineteen-year-old [...]

By | 2017-04-13T09:58:59+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Brooke Bowie

When someone says they “literally had an anxiety attack” when something stressful happens, try thinking about this next time. An anxiety attack is two words I would love to never say again, never have again, and it hurts when you hear someone use a term that is utterly devastating to you as a joking phrase. [...]

By | 2017-04-11T15:08:32+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

(Not) Born This Way

I was always diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (along with a diagnosis with PSTD). I was okay with that. It took some time, but I was okay with my diagnosis. I wasn't always. I went through stages. At first I was made at the defect that I was born with. Then I was sad, because I [...]

By | 2017-04-11T15:10:40+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Bipolar, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Word Vomit

I have always been the girl with a pen and a pad of paper on hand. I'm a writer. I used to write fiction, but as I grew older I realized that I could write about my emotions too. My diary became my closest companion. For a while I tried to write eloquently, but eventually [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:01:28+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, DID, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Katie Lou

For the past 25 years I was oblivious to the fact that what I have been living with is considered a mental health condition, instead I went about my days thinking the others around me were strong and confident individuals whereas I believed I was just not. As I grew up I came to learn [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:04:00+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Jesse S. Smith

A Mental Health Autobiography I'm never certain how much of my own experiences are unique to me, and how much of my experiences are universal, shared by everyone: a part of the human condition. Sometimes I think that our feelings are all more or less the same. Sometimes I think it's just me. Sometimes I [...]

By | 2017-03-21T13:49:02+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Alpha Males Don’t Talk About Feelings, Right?

For a bizarre fucking reason growing up, I was taught to bottle my feelings so that I could reserve my place in 'real-man' heaven. I always believed that crying was an expression of inner weakness which I needed to contain so I could keep up the appearance of this red-meat eating, lumberjack who was impervious [...]

By | 2017-03-20T16:23:19+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments