Douglas Lent – OCD and the Prince of Peace

Sunday morning church service is a time of quiet reflection to draw nearer to God. To God. To God. Stop it. But for myself, and the rest of the one in forty adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, that quietness doesn't come on Sunday. Or any other day. There is no real quiet with OCD. [...]

By |2019-05-07T07:34:02-07:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|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

TAK Erzinger – When my mind and body started miscommunicating

In today’s ever-changing world the way we speak to each other is continually evolving. With the help of technology, a whole new language has been made available to us through smartphones. It has enabled us to interact more efficiently. Yet there is still one line of communication that needs improvement and that is the one [...]

By |2019-04-26T14:50:53-07:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Cody McNicol – Depression Coma: Or, How I Attempt to Stop Time

Bed: The quicksand trap The legend The pause in my existence for months Urine in bottles Yellow stained teeth Bed hair for weeks Time to get up When the child breaks the silence Start somewhere; start; with this. This, is anything and everything I want it to be This, is honesty; despite all of the [...]

By |2019-04-23T11:50:13-07:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy

*Content Warning: explicit Eating Disorder symptoms, the use of numbers and weight-related discussion. Eating Disorders are not a diet. They are not a phase. They are not vanity. An Eating Disorder is a psychiatric illness. It has the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness. Did you know that the only thing you can [...]

By |2019-04-23T11:35:10-07:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy

The Filing Cabinet in my Head Like so many people I know, I  suffer from multiple illnesses and each one is considered “invisible” as in, I struggle all day everyday but all of my symptoms are inside. The main diagnoses are Depression, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, Endocrine Disorder, and an Eating Disorder. Like so many people I [...]

By |2019-04-22T19:27:59-07:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Sarah-Katherine Nova – “Sad”

Sad. Comforting hug. A hand sweeps the mind with gentle flow, Soft and gentle touch becomes a daydream, Safe in the deepest corners of happiness, A mind escapes, but touch brings sadness, A touch becomes terrifying with warm hands, No words. No fun little girl games, Touch. Comforting hug. Not. Sad. Uncomfortable. Mind games plague [...]

By |2019-04-22T10:59:17-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Monica Mahal – “The Disease Hiding in the Shadows”

Many people in my life are familiar with the fact that I live with celiac disease. It’s an auto-immune disease that affects around three million Americans, in which consuming gluten damages the lining of the small intestines. Celiac can often go years undiagnosed because of its wide range of symptoms, ranging from headaches to digestive [...]

By |2019-04-16T11:37:37-07:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments