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Chris Morris – One Year Later

One year ago today, I shuffled out of the psych ward. They said I was ready to face the world again, and that my suicidal thoughts were under control. I wasn’t so sure. I knew the demons that I still faced every morning, and every night, and every moment in between. But, I was apparently [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:13:35-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Butterflies, Moths, and Skippers.

Today I read, "growth is painful. change is painful. but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." I don't feel stuck these days. I feel like I am learning to fly. As I am learning to fly, I wanted to use a butterfly metaphor ... but then I decided that moths [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:11:09-08:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Thea DeSilva

My name is Thea, and I’ve been living with schizoaffective depressive type for a long time. It’s been maybe fifteen years since I started going to the psychiatric hospital. I’ve identified a few triggers that contribute to increased symptoms of schizophrenia. I try to live a life that’s simple and that doesn’t contribute to symptoms. [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:01:16-08:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Raymond Regan – Words Do Count

We use anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 of the 171,476 basic words that make up the English language. Words make us human. Novelists use words to tell stories that make us laugh or cry. Lawyers mix words and confound us with pages of secret code. Language entertains us; we use it to share joy, to [...]

By |2019-08-15T12:56:59-08:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Tyler Wittkofsky

Let me preface this by saying this: five years ago, I was diagnosed with #BipolarDisorder, #Depression, and Severe #Anxiety. After fifteen years of dealing with it alone, I had finally sought help. I went so long because I was ashamed of not being ‘normal’, but I have come to realize that none of us are [...]

By |2019-08-12T11:17:55-08:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kara K.

I was always an anxious child. I was anxious about serious things, like potentially losing my parents, and I was anxious about silly things, like glitter (seriously! glitter!). I remember seeing a therapist starting when I was around 10 years old, because of my anxiety. Depression reared its ugly head during my adolescent years, and [...]

By |2019-08-03T14:45:18-08:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Isabella Mori – Self-Stigma: It Can Happen To Anyone

I work in the mental health/addiction field. While I came to it gradually, it is obvious that my childhood, growing up in a family full of mental health and addiction problems had something to do with this career choice. There were numerous suicides when I grew up; enough, in fact, for me to take a [...]

By |2019-08-03T14:13:22-08:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments