Stigma Fighters: Amy Thomson

The day I disclosed the abuse to my supervisor at work, it had already manifested as a critical issue that needed to be addressed. She and I were alone in that office as I sat in silence staring at the floor, too ashamed and too frightened to force the words from my mouth. He was [...]

By |2016-03-27T14:49:01-07:00March 27th, 2016|Categories: PTSD, PTSD, Stigma Fighters, Trauma|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Erika Reynolds

In June 2005, I was returning to the United States from my first deployment. As soon as my unit landed, there was a lot of fanfare from the public. I truly felt like a “hero” because our unit helped facilitate the first election in Iraq. My job as an electronic technician, was to maintain communication [...]

By |2016-03-26T14:58:06-07:00March 26th, 2016|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Cameron Gearen – DON’T BELIEVE MY SMILE: A COLLAGE

DON’T BELIEVE MY SMILE: A COLLAGE I.“You’re not depressed,” my depressed friend said to me, laughing. Our hostess swept by with a tray of hors d’oeuvres and another friend, glass in hand, joined our circle. My friend was so sure about my mood, citing reasons like my extroversion, my smile. It wasn’t easy to insist, [...]

By |2016-03-12T10:37:11-08:00March 12th, 2016|Categories: Brave People, PTSD|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Christopher Taylor

When I was three years old, my parents divorced. My mother, suffering from bipolar disorder and not knowing how she could raise a child on her own, attempted suicide. I have vivid memories of her return from the hospital: she was so sedated that she could not pick me up. With the dissolution of my [...]

By |2016-02-27T12:58:15-08:00February 27th, 2016|Categories: Depression, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Sandra J. Sweeney

I've never been one to embrace limits, but in the past few years I've learned that doing so is a matter of maintaining emotional stability. Recently, I was asked to accompany my best friend to his sister's. I hesitated because I'd been subjected to three incidents of hair-pulling in a 48-hour period by his teen-aged [...]

By |2016-02-17T15:20:50-08:00February 18th, 2016|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jess D.

I was taken advantage of -over and over again- at points in my life that I needed to be supported and protected. Started with age three until eight, I'm raped and molested. Funny thing, PTSD. It does a great job at hiding the screams of the innocent child, stuffed inside the adult. I grew up, but screaming [...]

By |2016-01-27T15:56:34-08:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters, Trauma|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Stephanie Paige

Some Dreams Just Don't Come True... We learn at a young age to follow our dreams, that all our dreams will come true... our parents encourage us, our teachers encourage us, our friends encourage us. There are so many inspiring quotes out there about it "never being too late for your dreams to come true." [...]

By |2015-12-26T14:38:17-08:00December 28th, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Dann Alexander

Accepting Reality I could never say my childhood was completely unhappy. I was actually very fortunate. Still, there loomed a dark cloud over my youth that would grow stormier throughout different points of my life. My parents divorced when I was in my early teens. Over the course of my youth I lived in absolute [...]

By |2015-12-23T11:25:36-08:00December 23rd, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Stephanie Ortez

I'm part of the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. By 2050, Latinos will account for 25% of the U.S. population. These rising numbers keep most politicians scratching their heads on how to handle immigration issues wishing there was an easy way out for them of course. In my opinion, they only help [...]

By |2015-12-18T09:17:33-08:00December 18th, 2015|Categories: Bipolar, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Christy Abram

Joy lives here by Christy Abram I won't go... They told me I have to... I dug my heels deep in the earth to escape his strength ... can't take me..I won't go... Crooked smiles passed as he led the way... I resisted sprouting obscenities and pulling at his scratchy coat... I won't go, [...]

By |2015-11-29T14:36:32-08:00November 29th, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters, Trauma|0 Comments