Andrew LeClerc

Allow me to tell you something that I have dealt with and continue to manage, but certainly, does not define who I am as a person at all. I was diagnosed with a mental difference called schizophrenia. About two and a half years ago something happened to me; when a history of experienced trauma in [...]

By |2017-05-30T17:52:38-07:00May 29th, 2017|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Lindsay Loch

Cicadas and Honeybees They’re buzzing again.  The hum is warm like thick ribbons of honey unfurling to the bottom of my tea cup.  As they flutter their wings faster, swarming around in my head I begin to feel their vibration throughout my entire body.  My bones quiver under their drone.  My toes prickle as if [...]

By |2017-02-20T10:12:41-07:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Schizoaffective|0 Comments

Lindsay Loch

In a society where appearance is everything, I find it exceedingly difficult to get people to see past my beauty and into my reality. I present myself well groomed, well-spoken and my affect is rarely inappropriate. Due to these factors, no one would presume I suffer from an assortment of severe and pervasive mental illnesses. [...]

By |2017-01-15T10:45:21-07:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: Schizoaffective, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Rochelle Tschida

Psycho in Disguise A True Story about the Life of a Schizophrenic by Rochelle Tschida Words 1565 Date Sep. 7th, 2016 A waitress at The Modern on 53rd in New York City approaches your table. Her glasses are artistic, funky, slightly too big for the small face they adorn. People person, it’s obvious she has [...]

By |2016-09-14T09:21:27-07:00September 14th, 2016|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Susan Harrison

It’s 3 am…. My 18 year old wakes up, sobbing and screaming “Mommy!”. I rush into her room, knowing that she didn’t take her anti-psychotic medicine. “I’m bleeding, my hair, I hit my head when I fell and now it’s bleeding. My brain, inside my head… I’m going to die. I am dyeing Mamma. Oh [...]

By |2016-09-12T09:14:21-07:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Schizoaffective, Stigma Fighters|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: Shez Duggan

Trigger Warning: Talk of panic and paranoia.  We're All Mad Here I have spent a vast amount of my adult life battling, confronting, denying, engaging and dancing with my nemesis diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia. Most of the time I find myself just stuck. Belligerent thoughts that argue back and forth that are not my own. [...]

By |2016-04-24T18:29:07-07:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Meghan Shultz

*BIG trigger warning on this post. Talks about Depression and has mention of some graphic suicidal thoughts and actions/ self harm. If you are easily triggered right now, I would not recommended reading this at all. * Unrelenting. Unforgiving. Empty. Hollow. Excruciatingly painful. Physically painful. Confusing. Heavy. Suffocating. Desperate. Lost. Isolated. This is what Depression [...]

By |2016-03-20T06:09:45-07:00March 20th, 2016|Categories: Schizoaffective, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Neesa Suncheuri 2

Part 2 I was taking the subway when I finally broke down.  I wandered into a pizza place, and then cried my guts out.  Cops came and drove me to the hospital.  When there, I got a new diagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder with bipolar features.  They put me on meds and sent me home. I [...]

By |2016-01-16T16:14:59-07:00January 16th, 2016|Categories: Schizoaffective|0 Comments