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Chasing the Dragon of Bliss

by Lindsay Holmes Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of suicide and self-harm. In his song “Hurts So Good,” John Mellencamp had it almost right. Sure, love may sometimes hurt good, but not in the way I’m talking about. I’m referring to the sweet burning release from pressing and [...]

It’s Not Me, It’s My Brain.

“It’s Not Me, It’s My Brain” -- Sarah Comerford Recently I wrote the introduction to the fourth Stigma Fighters anthology. It was a proud moment for me. I’ve been with this organization since its inception, and I am thrilled how far we’ve come. I mention this in the introduction, but I also mention how far [...]

By |2018-07-24T13:03:23-08:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Depression is – Pepper Joy Greggs

Depression is... Depression is more than being sad for an extended period of time. Depression is more than JUST a chemical imbalance of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is more than the failure of neurotransmitters to deliver information to nerve impulses. Depression is the amygdala part of the brain (that responds to emotional significance of [...]

By |2017-10-22T18:28:32-08:00October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mood|Tags: |1 Comment

Rebecca

Mental illness is not easy. You cannot simply tell a depressed person to be positive and get over it. You cannot tell someone suffering from anxiety to just stay calm. You cannot reassure a person battling anorexia that if they just eat something it will go away. Mental illness is hard. It’s complicated, exhausting and [...]

By |2017-05-30T17:42:25-08:00May 21st, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Dear Depression – Joseph Penola

Dear Depression, I need you to know that you are not me. Your incessant insults may make me briefly believe that I am all of the terrible things you tell me, but I now know that I am none of them. I am worthy of love. I am strong. I am handsome. I am enough. [...]

By |2017-04-11T20:14:49-08:00March 28th, 2017|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , |1 Comment

TINYLETTER.COM/CRYING Eve Peyser

TINYLETTER.COM/CRYING Eve Peyser I began sending out a newsletter every time I cried because I thought it would be funny. A compulsive journaler obsessed with keeping track of my various mental health issues—depression, anxiety, severe suicidal ideation, ADHD—I never had much desire to keep any of my mental health issues a secret. Talking about what [...]

By |2017-02-09T15:59:07-08:00February 9th, 2017|Categories: ADHD, Depression|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Stigma Fighters – I Am Not A Martyr – by J.C. Hannigan

Growing up, I was told a lot that I am brave and strong. I was told that I handle my chronic pain bone disorder, Multiple Osteochondromas with grace. Those I loved were attempting to lift me up, but it actually had the opposite effect. It suffocated me. I was afraid that if I showed how [...]

By |2017-01-23T07:59:07-08:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Brave People, chronic pain, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: It’s Me, Isn’t It?

It’s Me, Isn’t It? My dream was to get a PhD. in Philosophy from either Vanderbilt or Princeton. I’d been accepted to both of their graduate / postgraduate programs. It was Spring. I had spent all my years since college saving and planning for this. My problems started out with a (relatively) simple emotional issue: [...]

By |2017-01-15T10:29:27-08:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: Bipolar|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Mesa Fama

I received a meme once from a friend that said “Someone’s therapist knows all about you” and it dawned on me how scarily accurate that probably was. I’ve left quite the wake in my 37 years of life and not all of it has been sunshine and roses. The majority of my life, save the [...]

By |2016-06-04T04:36:47-08:00June 4th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , |0 Comments