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Unwell and Unashamed

June 12, 2016

The stigma of mental illness is under attack by sufferers, who are coming out publicly and defiantly  For several years, she wrote about her bipolar disorder under a pseudonym. She described how she’d been hospitalized four times, twice since her first child was born. She explained how she went off her medication during both of more »

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When PTSD Forces You Down Memory Lane

June 11, 2016

Editor’s note: The following may be triggering for anyone who has experienced sexual assault. As I sit in a coffee shop, enjoying my beverage, relaxing and reading, a song comes on from the music being played above me. They’ve been playing all kinds of music, but this one is different. I hear this one and more »

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When I Want Permission to Be Overwhelmed by My Mental Illness

May 15, 2016

Sometimes we cling to resiliency as a badge of honor. It’s helpful to know that when you come out from the other side of struggle, you’ll be able to recognize your strength. “If I can live through this,” you’ll say, “I can live through anything.” But when you’re inside the struggle, toiling away at your more »

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PTSD Is Not Just for Soldiers

May 13, 2016

If you are anything like I was 10 years ago, when you hear the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” or “PTSD,” you picture a soldier coming back from war. You picture this soldier with night terrors and rage as he or she deals with the traumatic images and experiences he/she may have encountered on the front line. more »

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