Joanna C. Valente – That Time My Therapist Told Me I Wasn’t Raped — And Other Ways People Dismissed My Body

That Time My Therapist Told Me I Wasn’t Raped — And Other Ways People Dismissed My Body   I can’t remember when it started. I remember looking up at my mother, perhaps age 4, and she was trying to get me to eat a cookie, saying I wouldn’t get fat, that it was OK. I [...]

By | 2018-07-25T11:15:40+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

It’s Not Me, It’s My Brain.

“It’s Not Me, It’s My Brain” -- Sarah Comerford Recently I wrote the introduction to the fourth Stigma Fighters anthology. It was a proud moment for me. I’ve been with this organization since its inception, and I am thrilled how far we’ve come. I mention this in the introduction, but I also mention how far [...]

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Mental Illness Is Ugly – Sparklle Rainne and Sarah Fader

Mental Illness Is Ugly - Sparklle Rainne and Sarah Fader Once upon a time, I lit a box of vomit on fire. It was an attempt to hide my Bulimia. I had nowhere to purge, so I puked into a box and slept with it in my room all night until I could drag it [...]

By | 2018-07-24T09:31:20+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lea Grover – On Rape Culture

Trigger warning- sexual assault  I was raped when I was fourteen years old. Before the assault I was a socially engaged kid, marching in “Take Back the Night” rallies, listening to And Difranco and Tori Amos, solemnly absorbing the rape stories they sang and understanding their experiences weren’t universal, but at the same time, they [...]

By | 2018-07-23T21:59:40+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Regina Singleton

I am twenty-three and I have lived with depression for half of my life. Before I was even aware of what the words depression and anxiety meant I knew there was something wrong with me. It wasn't just sadness but a persistent feeling that nothing would ever bring me happiness. My depression was the result [...]

By | 2018-07-20T21:12:50+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heydon Hensley -Killing Us Loudly

Killing Us Loudly for Stigma Fighters, Vol. 4 Heydon Hensley * * * Content Warnings: domestic violence, gun violence, suicide It may seem strange having an essay dedicated to domestic violence in this anthology, but even the briefest reflection reveals that domestic violence is – of course – surrounded in stigma. Unfortunately, the stigma and [...]

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Sakinah Kaiser- Mowing The Lawn, My First Manic Episode

My First Manic Episode I was teaching 3rd grade Quran and Islamic Studies when I noticed something was wrong. My kids were young at the time, so initially, I thought I was just stressed about being a new mom. My youngest daughter was in preschool. Every morning it was a struggle getting her to class [...]

By | 2018-07-19T09:51:16+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Can Still Feel It Underneath

I miss being manic. I’ve read and heard those words from quite a few people. For my part, I am being treated for bipolar spectrum manifesting as depression and anxiety. The mania is an added bonus. It certainly feels that way when stacked against the other two. I have been suicidal more times than I [...]

By | 2018-07-18T08:06:24+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments