Teleaha Dozier-Grady – My Mental Health Journey

Childhood I know I did not have anxiety or depression when I was a kid. Yes, I was anxious about getting friends because I was a shy and quiet person. I also knew I had a hard time making friends because of it. So, my mother enrolled me in an after-school program and dance classes. [...]

By |2019-06-21T14:26:42-07:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kyle Gadaire – Upheaval

Having been seduced and subsequently beaten into a pulp by this variety of mental illnesses, I have been placed in this burning seat again. Poked and prodded, like a newly discovered extraterrestrial, this process is beginning to bore me to a slow death. God, just make this repetitive bullshit stop. A constant droning inside my [...]

By |2019-06-21T11:53:01-07:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Sarah Smith – How My Kid Grounds Me

My kid knows how to ground me. If you don’t know exactly what grounding is you are probably one of the lucky that don’t suffer from anxiety. I do suffer from anxiety quite badly. I frequently get panic attacks, sometimes out of nowhere it seems. But my seven-year-old, he knows how to ground me. He [...]

By |2019-06-18T15:08:18-07:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|0 Comments

Judy Ryan Hall – Spidey Senses

My daughter, Samantha, was seven-years-old when she was diagnosed with an “unspecified mood disorder.” This is what doctors usually say when they don’t want to tell you a hard truth – in our case it was early-onset bipolar disorder (as opposed to major depressive disorder or seasonal affective disorder) and we were in for years [...]

By |2019-06-15T11:15:38-07:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – The Guilt of Fibromyalgia Sick Leave

I got my first babysitting job when I was 9 years old. I was paid with a chocolate bar. I got my first real job at 14 working in a small playdough factory. I was paid $7/hr and felt incredibly rich. Since then, I have never not had a job. In university, I had 3 [...]

By |2019-06-14T19:34:29-07:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Sarah Smith – You can’t make your family accept you, you can only accept that they don’t

My sister wouldn’t talk to me for almost five years. The original story from my perspective was she was mad at me for not working while I was getting multiple panic attacks a day while pregnant with my first son. At one point she even told me “Fuck your therapist and fuck your doctor, you [...]

By |2019-06-07T08:16:25-07:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Oluwayemisi Tawakalt Olaoluwa – My friendship with depression

I was born into a humble family. I was the last child. I am what people call ' born by mistake'. My birth was unplanned and there was an age difference of about six to seven years between my immediate elder brother and I. My father was a driver, traveling all over the country. He [...]

By |2019-05-22T08:14:38-07:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Caroline Kyrklund

Paralyzed. Frozen. Numb. Paralyzed. When the depression hits sohard I can't move. Literally. A fire could break out, and I'm not sure it would matter. My eyes are either stuck wide open or impossible to open. Every limb on my body is heavy and feels like sandbags. To move them it would take someone physically [...]

By |2019-06-03T14:37:45-07:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments