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Sara Sumner

*trigger warning - self-harm* When I first became mentally unwell, I never thought I'd be here now, sharing my story—a survivor of my own minds torment. I was 16 when I was first diagnosed with clinical depression. I was in such a dark place, scared of the thoughts in my head, scared of what people [...]

Jess Hernandez

*content warning - suicidal ideation* It was November and traffic was awful. A downpour had turned the freeway into one long hydroplane. Even if I hadn’t been sobbing, visibility was almost nil. My two children were strapped in their car seats behind me. Both were screaming, the three-year-old punctuating every shriek with a kick to [...]

Sean Rodgers

I’ve read that 70-90% of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia are totally unemployed or completely disabled. I received this diagnosis when I was 20. And today I decided to shut down the home based business I have been running for the last 10 months, mostly because of the toll it was taking on my [...]

Recovery is Non-Linear by Sarah Fader

Recovery is Non-Linear Recovery is non-linear. Anyone who says that getting better is a straight line - I want their secret. I want to be stable, but what does that mean? It means sometimes being unstable, wobbly, broken in particular ways. We shatter and come together. We hurt and we heal. We scream, cry or [...]

By |2019-08-30T14:51:36-07:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Panic|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chasing the Dragon of Bliss

by Lindsay Holmes Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of suicide and self-harm. In his song “Hurts So Good,” John Mellencamp had it almost right. Sure, love may sometimes hurt good, but not in the way I’m talking about. I’m referring to the sweet burning release from pressing and [...]

Dangerous Diagnoses – Aaron J Smith @CulturalSavage #DangerousDiagnoses

Dangerous Diagnoses - Aaron J Smith I’m dangerous. I’m a rage-filled monster who could snap at any moment, hurting those close to me. I’m primed to lash out at friend, family, or stranger. My anger is just below the surface, bubbling, and boiling, threading at any moment to take over and turn me into a [...]

Dori Owen – Schedules Promote Stability

Schedules Promote Stability Trains run on a schedule and so do I. When trains don’t run on time, things can go very wrong and affect actions and people. The same is also true with me. Even before my diagnosis of bipolar I, I discovered that my days and nights were better when I kept a [...]

By |2018-09-06T22:24:08-07:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

I Don’t Want to Be Disabled But I Am – Sarah Fader CEO

I don’t want to be disabled but I am. I have multiple disabilities. I don’t even know if I like the word disability. Dis-ability – it’s so negative. In the 1990s when I was growing up, you insulted another person by “dissing” them. When I hear the word disability, I feel that I’m being dissed [...]

By |2020-07-12T10:51:26-07:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elspeth Roake

Mental Illness and its Pain Pain is universal, varied, and subjective. An evolutionary deterrent and motivator, in some ways essential, in some ways utterly pointless. It can provide common ground, or be the most isolating of experiences. Everyone falls somewhere within its range. My pain came from depression. Not everyone experiences depression in this way; [...]

By |2018-06-25T07:14:39-07:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Linla – Hello Bipolar

Saying Goodbye to My Blog, "Hello Bipolar Linla" The last thing I posted on my blog was on December 2nd, 2017. That post was titled, “It’s Been A While…” and in that post I wrote the following: “I am scared of the future because I have no clue what is going to come next. I [...]

By |2018-06-24T15:32:30-07:00June 24th, 2018|Categories: Bipolar, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments