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Losing Joy

How would you feel if you lost your capacity to feel joy?  Where is the meaning in life when all of the things you love no longer make you happy?  It’s perfectly normal, my doctor says.  He says it means the meds are working.  I have a problem with this logic.  Logically, you would think if depression medications are working then the person taking them should no longer feel depressed.  I suppose this logic would depend on your definition of what depression feels like, though.   Continue reading

Stigma Fighters!!!

Today I am a guest on Stigma Fighters!!!

“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” –E.E. Cummings

I remember feeling different when I started third grade, as though there was an impenetrable glass wall between myself and my peers.  I could see them, I could hear them, but I could not relate to them.  Kids don’t handle ‘different’ well and they were not kind to me.  I was sensitive and became an easy target.  Little did I know this was just the beginning of a lifelong battle between what was considered ‘normal’ and how my brain works…

Join me for the rest of the story over on the Stigma Fighters website!

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Are You More Aware? #DCfC

Are You More Aware? #DCfC

Towards the end of March I went through a pretty major medication change for my mental health.  By the first week in April I was thinking more clearly than I had in probably a year, maybe longer.  One evening I was sitting on the couch watching television with my husband when all of a sudden I had this idea!  Could I host a guest series for the month of May all about mental health awareness?  May IS mental health awareness month, and I AM passionate about promoting education and awareness in regards to mental health.  So, I hopped online to consult my blog sister, Lizzi, and see if she thought it was a viable concept.  She did!  But then I thought, who do I ask to write for me?  It was already April, was I giving my potential writers enough time to put something together?   Continue reading

I’m Fucked Up and I Own It | Sarah Fader #DCfC

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My final guest for mental health awareness month is founder and CEO of the NPO – Stigma Fighters, Sarah Fader.  Sarah shows us that despite our flaws and our ‘crazy’ we are all beautiful.

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How To Love | Ra Avis #DCfC

How To Love

When discussing mental health it is important to understand many points of view, which is why this series has focused on varying individual mental health issues.  My guest today is Ra Avis, who explains what it’s like to love someone living with depression.

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Days of Pain | Peter Leske #DCfC

Peter Leske is my guest today & he’s changing things up a little for us.  He expresses his struggle with depression and anxiety through poetry.

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They’re Just Medications | Kimberly Morand #DCfC

Today’s ‘Fight With Us | #DCfC’ guest, Kimberly, gives us a positive perspective on mental health and how we need not be ashamed of taking medication for a medical ailment.  Please welcome Kimberly.

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Medicated Madness | Nicole Lyons #DCfC

I am honoured to present my next guest, Nicole Lyons.  Nicole gives us insight as to why we have to be our own advocates in mental health and what can happen if we aren’t vigilant and active in our treatment plans.

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Why I’m Done With the Mental Health Profession | Vince Berryman #DCfC

As I introduce my next guest, I also warn you, Vince’s story is a harrowing one.  There is no sugar-coating what Vince has been through and how the mental health system has failed him.

This is Vince’s story.

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