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Stigma Fighters: It’s Me, Isn’t It?

It’s Me, Isn’t It? My dream was to get a PhD. in Philosophy from either Vanderbilt or Princeton. I’d been accepted to both of their graduate / postgraduate programs. It was Spring. I had spent all my years since college saving and planning for this. My problems started out with a (relatively) simple emotional issue: [...]

By | 2017-01-15T10:29:27+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Categories: Bipolar|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Kate Dolan

*Trigger warning -self harm If you had told me I would be where I am today fifteen, ten, or five years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was not always the light-hearted, employed, and (for the most part) stable writer that sits before you behind her mac screen. Quite the opposite - not so [...]

By | 2016-05-26T03:01:50+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Rebecca Lombardo -The Challenges of Being a Bipolar Author

The Challenges of Being a Bipolar Author I’ve spent many, many years dealing with bipolar disorder. However, I’ve only spent a year as a bipolar author. All authors face challenges. Struggling to be published, meeting deadlines, promoting. I am now of the opinion that those of us dealing with bipolar disorder have a different battle [...]

By | 2016-05-15T11:51:42+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Matt Joseph Diaz

Being Good At Living With Mental Illness Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Have It “How do you just talk to people so easily?” she asked me. “I’d be so anxious.” “That’s my secret,” I replied, pulling out my best Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers voice. “I’m always anxious.” I’m often told, especially by people in mental [...]

By | 2016-05-12T11:04:57+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Meridith

I majored in psychology, for a year or two at least, in college so I took plenty of psychology classes back in the early 90s. I remember taking one class in particular. It was called “Abnormal Psychology”. I remember learning about bipolar disorder and thinking, wait, other people don’t feel this way? Other, “normal”, people [...]

By | 2016-04-23T06:24:22+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Dawn Ogle

Bipolar. Manic depressive. Those were the only words I heard come out of my doctor’s mouth. Unstable. Mental case. Crazy. Insane. Those were the words that ran through my mind. I was sitting across from her at the desk. Those words were thrown in my face as if they meant nothing at all. That’s because she [...]

By | 2016-04-23T05:58:12+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Lynn Rae

Oprah said that when something isn’t working right in our lives first the universe gives us a whisper, then a nudge, then a push, then a shove. Then we’ll get hit with a brick and if we still don’t listen an earthquake will come along and totally disrupt our lives. Well, I waited for the [...]

By | 2016-04-21T06:26:30+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Damian Multary

Psychotic episodes from 19-33 years old. All I could do was hang on for the ride. From spending a vast amount of money to going from job to job while still staying in my field. From having numerous sexual partners to having unsafe sex with them. To having my 20s a blur and my 30s a little [...]

By | 2016-04-09T05:46:45+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Categories: Borderline Personality Disorder, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Gina L. Ciaccia

To The Journey: My Road to Understanding Mental Illness Despite many people perceiving bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses as a struggle or hardship, over time, I have come to embrace the life lessons that they can teach. I would briefly like to elucidate and describe these lessons. I have truly been touched by a [...]

Stigma Fighters : Troy Williams

Crazy, mental, out of it, slacker, sensitive, I've been called all of them either to my face or behind my back. I'm not allowed to have emotions. If I'm having a down day I'm getting depressed again; if I'm anxious about finances, he's having a panic attack. Even on my good days people talk and [...]