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

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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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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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He Is A Killer | HastyWords #DCfC

Please open your hearts and minds for our ‘Fight With Us | #DCfC‘ guest today, HastyWords.  She is brave enough to open up about her battle with depression and share some of that experience with you here.

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The Things She Says | Lizzi Lewis #DCfC

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Join me in welcoming my first guest in the ‘Fight With Us | #DCfC’ series for mental health awareness, Lizzi Lewis.  This courageous piece gives us a rare glimpse into the debilitating mental illness commonly known as anorexia nervosa.

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