#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike For Me by Marie Miguel | #DCfC

Today’s Depression: Catalyst for Change guest is Marie Miguel.  She speaks about her experience with anxiety and using social media to speak out against mental health stigmas.

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THIS Is What Anxiety Feels Like

Sarah Fader, CEO and founder of the non-profit organization Stigma Fighters, started a movement on Twitter #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike and it has taken the internet by storm.  This one hashtag has allowed hundreds of people to express their feelings and/or experiences of the impact anxiety has on their lives.  Most people suffer in silence because anxiety tells us nobody will understand, and a lot of people don’t.  If you don’t have an anxiety disorder, if you’ve never had a panic attack, it’s nearly impossible to explain how debilitating it is.  I think Sarah’s trending hashtag is going a long way to open people’s eyes about how the anxious mind works. 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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Seeking Guests

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As some of you know, during the month of May, 2016 I hosted a series geared towards mental health awareness entitled Fight With Us #DCfC.  The series featured eight incredible guest writers who shared their vastly differing stories and struggles surrounding mental health.  What you may not know is that I would like to continue hosting such stories!  I alluded to it at the end of Are You More Aware? #DCfC, which was my wrap-up piece for the series, but I didn’t go into much detail.  So, I decided to tell you more about what I’m looking for in hopes that you (yes, YOU) will want to write for me! 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

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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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