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Teleaha Dozier-Grady – My Mental Health Journey

Childhood I know I did not have anxiety or depression when I was a kid. Yes, I was anxious about getting friends because I was a shy and quiet person. I also knew I had a hard time making friends because of it. So, my mother enrolled me in an after-school program and dance classes. [...]

By |2019-06-21T14:26:42-07:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Judy Ryan Hall – Spidey Senses

My daughter, Samantha, was seven-years-old when she was diagnosed with an “unspecified mood disorder.” This is what doctors usually say when they don’t want to tell you a hard truth – in our case it was early-onset bipolar disorder (as opposed to major depressive disorder or seasonal affective disorder) and we were in for years [...]

By |2019-06-15T11:15:38-07:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sarah Smith – You can’t make your family accept you, you can only accept that they don’t

My sister wouldn’t talk to me for almost five years. The original story from my perspective was she was mad at me for not working while I was getting multiple panic attacks a day while pregnant with my first son. At one point she even told me “Fuck your therapist and fuck your doctor, you [...]

By |2019-06-07T08:16:25-07:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Oluwayemisi Tawakalt Olaoluwa – My friendship with depression

I was born into a humble family. I was the last child. I am what people call ' born by mistake'. My birth was unplanned and there was an age difference of about six to seven years between my immediate elder brother and I. My father was a driver, traveling all over the country. He [...]

By |2019-05-22T08:14:38-07:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Abigail Zebrowski

People who struggle with mental illnesses are still plagued by stigma and discrimination. It is true that awareness of these diseases is starting to permeate society and seep into crevices once thought impenetrable. Yet we have much further to go; walls of ignorance to break down, deserts of misunderstanding to quench, and mountains of inequality [...]

By |2019-05-31T12:52:53-07:00June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norb Aikin – When Your Anxiety Is Triggered By What Your Body Can’t Control

Like my depression and anxiety, I’ve had small bouts of insomnia all my life that got progressively worse as I got older. It wasn’t until I stopped self-medicating (which I advise against, because it’s only kicking the can down the road and it’ll catch up to you tenfold) and taking my mental health seriously did [...]

By |2019-04-29T11:39:18-07:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kassidy Skarison – The Misconception

Breaking the stigma associated with mental illness includes confronting the misconception surrounding treatment. When I first started taking medication for my depression I was ecstatic. I was finally going to be happy all the time. My doctor told me that it would take at least four weeks for me to notice a difference. I couldn’t [...]

By |2019-04-16T11:35:37-07:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments