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Dear Depression – Joseph Penola

Dear Depression, I need you to know that you are not me. Your incessant insults may make me briefly believe that I am all of the terrible things you tell me, but I now know that I am none of them. I am worthy of love. I am strong. I am handsome. I am enough. [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:14:49+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , |0 Comments

TINYLETTER.COM/CRYING Eve Peyser

TINYLETTER.COM/CRYING Eve Peyser I began sending out a newsletter every time I cried because I thought it would be funny. A compulsive journaler obsessed with keeping track of my various mental health issues—depression, anxiety, severe suicidal ideation, ADHD—I never had much desire to keep any of my mental health issues a secret. Talking about what [...]

By | 2017-02-09T15:59:07+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: ADHD, Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters – I Am Not A Martyr – by J.C. Hannigan

Growing up, I was told a lot that I am brave and strong. I was told that I handle my chronic pain bone disorder, Multiple Osteochondromas with grace. Those I loved were attempting to lift me up, but it actually had the opposite effect. It suffocated me. I was afraid that if I showed how [...]

By | 2017-01-23T07:59:07+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Brave People, chronic pain, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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: Mesa Fama

I received a meme once from a friend that said “Someone’s therapist knows all about you” and it dawned on me how scarily accurate that probably was. I’ve left quite the wake in my 37 years of life and not all of it has been sunshine and roses. The majority of my life, save the [...]

By | 2016-06-04T04:36:47+00:00 June 4th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Imade Nibokun of Depressed While Black

I was raised to believe slaves were the only black people who had the right to be depressed. So when I stayed in my bedroom for days at a time, silent and suicidal, my family’s encouragement was that “things could be worse.” If my ancestors survived slavery with no mental health treatment, then I certainly [...]

By | 2016-05-30T14:39:47+00:00 May 30th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Jenny Parks

I thought I'd take a moment to share why I started my blog, The Depressed Yogi. To begin with, I am a person who lives with chronic mental illness, committed to find my authentic self and balance. For as long as I can remember I have lived with depression, suicidal thoughts/urges, self-hate, anxiety and without [...]

By | 2016-05-16T08:43:44+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Erika Reva

Part Of Me “Normal is illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” –Morticia Addams My life as a liar began when I was very young. I was an awful child. I made everyone in my life angry, constantly. I did very bad and horrible things every day. I was too [...]

By | 2016-04-28T11:42:56+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Kevin L. Schwartz

Trigger warning - suicide  I think we can all agree life isn't worth living. The question is: are you too lazy to do anything about it? Most people are. Usually I am too. One day I wasn't, so I sliced open my wrists and downed a bottle of Klonopin and waited to fall asleep and [...]

By | 2016-04-26T07:05:50+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Shaylynn Hayes

Red Lipstick
 When people talk about anxiety they talk about the huge and strange ways it impacts your life... what they don't talk about is how it can deteriorate the day to day. There was once a time when I was too afraid to wear red lipstick. I felt too bold, too visible, and not [...]