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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

Lisa Reidy-Carrick

The title ‘Living between the Poles’ is fitting for my story because it describes my decades-long struggle to try and live peacefully between the poles of full-blown mania and debilitating depression for the first half of my life. At age 25 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1. And now at age 55, I [...]

By |2019-07-29T12:06:55-08:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Hala Karim

I wouldn't recognize 26-year-old me if I saw her today. Three short years ago, I wrestled being in the throes of depression compounded by a debilitating Adderal addiction that resulted in terrifying heart palpitations, anxiety, and insomnia. Depression exacerbated my addiction; addiction exacerbated my depression. They both maneuvered their way into every imaginable facet of [...]

By |2019-07-29T11:43:59-08:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – I am made up of many parts

I have been thinking a lot about parts of a psyche lately. My therapist often asks me what part of me is thinking/speaking/acting/reacting, or how old is the part of me that is thinking/acting/speaking/reacting. She asks me "who is that speaking?" And even though the question is almost as annoying as "how do you feel?", [...]

By |2019-07-25T11:20:14-08:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Weight Stigma: Living my Life in a Bigger Body

I live in a bigger body. I’m round. Plump. Rotund. Chubby. Fat. Whatever words you like to use, I live in a body that is not of a socially acceptable size. And this has so many consequences that have nothing to do with me or with my health. People like to tell me it doesn’t [...]

By |2019-07-11T13:31:02-08:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments