Rick Chen

What do you want to do with your life? That question has been hounding me for a long time. Since I was in high school, I was trying to find my purpose like so many others my age. We were asked that question since we were little kids and, given our lack of understanding of [...]

By | 2017-10-27T09:40:21+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kate Gibbs

I’ve been denying it, hiding it, covering it up, but the pressure of pretenses has become too much. I’m never going to be “normal”, or my version of it. I get that ‘normal’ is not a real standard anymore. People are starting to own their differences and not allow themselves to be placed in a [...]

By | 2017-10-26T21:04:24+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stephen Smith

Although I have had an opportunity to rack up a fair share of successes, there was a time when I could barely leave my house as I struggled with the crippling symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which causes uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and behaviors. This struggle occurred due to one major reason: there was little access [...]

By | 2017-10-23T21:05:42+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: OCD, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Depression is – Pepper Joy Greggs

Depression is... Depression is more than being sad for an extended period of time. Depression is more than JUST a chemical imbalance of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is more than the failure of neurotransmitters to deliver information to nerve impulses. Depression is the amygdala part of the brain (that responds to emotional significance of [...]

By | 2017-10-22T18:28:32+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mood|Tags: |1 Comment

Elizabeth Ayala

My breakthrough Three years ago, I checked myself into the emergency psychiatric unit. In the three weeks leading up to that hospital visit, I went through cycles of agitation, moments of paranoia that the helicopters overhead were coming for me, and had several epiphanies. The notes I scribbled on my discoveries were simply gibberish. It [...]

By | 2017-10-16T13:34:48+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|2 Comments

Brooke Hilton

March 2015 I trudged through the sand of Santa Monica Beach awaiting the celebration which was to ensue upon my arrival. The beach was filled with spectators as I went to the shore to set up shop. I laid out my beach towels and camouflaged workout gear. I scattered shells and crystals about with magic [...]

By | 2017-10-14T11:05:08+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

We’re all a little broken

We're all a little broken. Me you everyone. It's a matter of how much we talk about it. What do you want to do with that brokenness? Do you want to acknowledge it? Is it hidden? Broken isn't bad. Broken is real. It's human. It's a part of you. Broken doesn't necessarily need to be fixed. [...]

By | 2017-10-13T17:49:02+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

The “something” that’s right with me

Too often we focus on what's wrong with us. What's your diagnosis? Depressed? Borderline? Paranoid Schizophrenic? Panic Disorder? All of these terms are just a way to develop ways to help people. Put a name to the thing that's "wrong" with you and now you have a section in a textbook to look at to [...]

By | 2017-10-12T22:25:34+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Can’t Remember and That Makes Me Anxious

It pisses me off that I can't remember things. My memory used to be so great. I could recall tiny details of things that happened in college or wild nights that I had in high school. I've been told that anxiety and trauma influence your memory. For example, when you experience a traumatic event, you [...]

By | 2017-10-11T18:17:25+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kason Michaels

Trigger warning - sexual assault  In one of my favorite movies, "Interstellar," two characters have a conversation about the nature of evil as they go out into space and the great unknown. "You don't think nature can be evil?" One character asks. "No," the other replies. "Formidable. Frightening. But... no, not evil. Is a lion [...]

By | 2017-10-09T10:36:39+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments