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

Kassidy Skarison – Suicide

I developed a sense of normalcy regarding suicide. A common episode in my home was the one where my parents would fight violently for hours on end. The fights almost always included my mother’s blood and my father’s drunken threats to kill himself. After repeated exposure to the remark, it started to slowly lose its [...]

By |2019-04-16T11:31:49-07:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – My Body is not a War Zone: Challenging the Eating Disorder Warrior Narrative.

*Content Warning: brief mention of disordered eating and specific foods. Over the last 4 years, I have talked about personifying Eating Disorders as a way to separate the person from the illness. I have talked about Ed as this mean, manipulative, lying jerk. I have used phrases like “kick Ed’s ass”, “break up with Ed”, [...]

By |2019-04-12T14:52:43-07:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Dissociative Jess – On Integration

What are we but the sum of our memories and experiences? What if experiences are not remembered? What happens when that knowledge may be recovered? What does integration mean, really? What does it mean to be "multiple?" Separate experiences arise in separate states of conscious awareness. Each identity with their different set of memories stored, [...]

By |2019-04-09T14:49:47-07:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy McCarthy – No one knew the extent of my childhood anxiety

My strongest childhood memories are of headaches, backaches, sore legs, fatigue, and the constant feeling of needing to be small and of needing to hide. I presented to the world as a typical child. I was sometimes shy, sometimes outgoing, and usually very talkative. I went to ballet, jazz, tap dance, swimming, and piano lessons. [...]

By |2019-04-06T12:11:16-07:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kassidy Skarison – Euphoric Aspirations

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 wait until that month was over. I was going to finally be able [...]

By |2019-04-06T11:45:28-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments