Stigma Fighters: Isaac James Baker

Destigmatizing Medication: How Psychiatric Medicine Helped Me Survive Isaac James Baker shares his personal story of how his psychiatric drugs helped to save his life, as he battled anorexia, anxiety and depression. When my psychiatrist told me he was prescribing medication, I told him, “No thanks, I’m fine.” But he insisted, rolling off an impressive [...]

By |2016-07-10T10:44:05-07:00July 10th, 2016|Categories: Anorexia, Anxiety, Depression|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Clyde Dee

Reflections on Overcoming Stigma to Pay Forward Back when I was just a yuppie, I learned a few points of wisdom that I want to pay forward to some mental health academics and administrators. I was learning to chop cheese steaks at a Korean owned deli and instantly enamored with this mentor on the grill, [...]

By |2016-07-05T08:23:31-07:00July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Anorexia, Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Rose Lockinger

My Struggle With Bulimia And Addiction For many people, addiction isn’t their only struggle. It’s estimated that nearly half of all persons afflicted with addiction also suffer from a co-occurring disorder. This may be depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD or an eating disorder. Body dysmorphia and eating disorders can begin at any time, and for me [...]

By |2016-05-12T11:22:28-07:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Eating, Stigma Fighters, Weight|Tags: , |2 Comments

Stigma Fighters: RM

I Say, I'm Recovered. However is there such a thing. I don't abuse laxatives, or make myself purge. No longer restricting calories, or missing social events. The Photo Attached: is from 2007 during the dangerous part of my struggle. I look at this picture it makes me want to be skinny. But I also remember [...]

By |2016-05-04T04:26:16-07:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Binge, Bulimia, Stigma Fighters, Weight|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Caitlin Flynn

I grew up in the ballet world, so it's impossible for me to remember a time when I wasn't highly conscious of my body size. As a recovered anorexic, many people assume that ballet must be the sole cause of my years-long battle with an eating disorder — but it's far from that simple. I [...]

By |2016-02-26T07:22:32-08:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: Anorexia, Eating, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Teresa Ceballos

My father told me once that the only people you can ever truly rely on for support are your family. This is the only occasion I can think of that my father has been completely and unquestionably wrong. Since developing an eating disorder, I have found a team of allies that includes family and beyond, [...]

By |2016-01-21T08:42:06-08:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Eating, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jen Venegas

A birthday party in my Chicano family looks something like this: all of my aunts are in the kitchen frying up tacos to eat with homemade rice, beans, and fideo while my uncles and the cousins are all scattered around the house, cracking jokes, watching sports, playing with the family babies, but mostly waiting for [...]

By |2016-01-17T23:57:39-08:00January 17th, 2016|Categories: Bulimia, Stigma Fighters|2 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Teresa Ceballos

You Always Deserve It *Trigger warning* - for examples of untreated eating disorder and depression symptoms and behaviors 8:00 AM - your alarm goes off. It’s a below-freezing January morning. Even though you got well over eight hours of sleep last night, you don’t have class for another few hours and all you want to [...]

By |2015-12-10T12:19:13-08:00December 10th, 2015|Categories: Eating, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Phoebe Pummarachai

My story is like any other book in an enormous library. Kept for records, collecting dust, sitting in an isolated nook in a forgotten corner. I'm not trying to downplay my struggles. I know that every story has its purpose. It's measure of influence on lives and society. But I also don't want to come [...]