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Psych Ward Intake – Jennifer Selinger

Psych Ward Intake (ALL NAMES CHANGED) Dr. Dapirsky had very hairy legs, which she kept under beige nylons. The nylons made her calves look like hairy bank robbers, accessorized with orthopedic shoes. She had long, wiry gray hair parted down the middle, dark eyebrows and round wire glasses. She reminded me of a very eccentric [...]

By | 2017-05-30T17:40:38+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Dear Mamas Like Me: You are not alone – Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Dear Mamas Like Me: You are not alone Dear Mamas Like Me, You who struggle daily with mental illness, neurodiversity or past trauma. This is for you. Know you are seen. Know you are not alone. TW for abuse and sexual violence I want to speak up about what it's like to be a mother [...]

By | 2017-05-15T16:31:59+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

S. Matthew McNally

When I was young, about seven or eight, I had “blackouts.” That was my word for them. Not because I lost consciousness or had holes in my memory. They were “blackouts” because it felt like I was blacking out from reality like the world was suddenly a bit more tenuous. Everything around me seemed to [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:45:00+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aura Bishop – The Stigma of PMDD

The Stigma of PMDD I love being a woman. I love my body and everything it can do. I love feeling maternal and being in touch with my emotions and utilizing my intuition as much as my logic and any other skills I have. I love my jeans and boots and sneakers, but I love [...]

By | 2017-04-12T07:21:18+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sakinah – For me social anxiety is like this

For me social anxiety is like this: It’s not wanting people to look at me when I’ve put on makeup because they might see my flaws, but then not wanting them to ignore me either because that hurts my feelings as a highly sensitive person. It’s not wanting to feel their eyeballs on my skin [...]

By | 2017-04-11T14:36:25+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

An “Investigation” into a Means of Ending Stigma By Jim Russell

As advocates for mental health and help seeking, we often discover that a great chasm separating us from help is gouged open by fear and shame. Treatments have become more effective, and more people in our community voice their support, yet it seems that too many people who need help slip through the cracks and [...]

By | 2017-03-13T09:20:56+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Brave People, Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Divide

It's breaking my heart...this divide. It's tearing me apart. The drama, the perceived slights, the resentment, and bickering...this isn't what I imagined we would become. Growing up, it was always us. Sisters. Blood is thicker than water. Our parents raised us to look out for one another, to support one another in each new endeavor. [...]

By | 2017-02-16T13:28:06+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Stephanie Paige

I Am Surely Dying... It truly amazes me how in the matter of just a few days, my body and my brain, can completely double cross me... A friend of mine recently posted how we are less than 200 days away from Christmas.  This had me thinking about last Christmas and my immediate family that [...]

By | 2016-06-21T07:26:42+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Categories: Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Johnny Sparkles Part 2

Read part 1 here. Samantha soon warned me that in the not-so-distant future, she would possibly not be in contact with me for a few days, and I accepted it, because I loved her, and I knew it was something she had to do. She ended up breaking her promise, and I got to see [...]

By | 2016-06-15T11:09:30+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments