My Dad Has Schizophrenia

“Cross the road, this man looks like a weirdo” is exactly the type of thing 14 year old me and my friends would say. Of course, back then, we didn’t give it any thought as to what we were saying, and we didn’t mean to stigmatize or hurt anyone by saying this. We were impressionable young girls who had been told to stay away from strangers. And that was before I knew that my dad had schizophrenia, and that’s what the term “schizo” actually meant. Now, it’s sad to think that young girls would say or think that about my dad because he’s the kindest, most generous man I’ve ever known and he would never hurt anyone.

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43 Struggles of Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder that causes emotion dysregulation, making it hard to manage relationships with yourself and others. Like all mental illnesses, BPD is a serious condition. What’s scary about BPD is the fact that around 9% of people with BPD die by […]

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Why Trigger Warnings Matter

Ever since the word “triggered” became the subject of a meme, it’s hard for people with actual triggers to be taken seriously.  People use the word “triggered” as a hyperbole for being irritated or slightly uncomfortable, or to mock anyone that reacts to something in a way that other people don’t understand.  As a feminist, […]

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What You Need To Know Before You See ‘Split’ In Theaters

On January 20th, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film will be released in American theaters.  Split is a “psychological horror film” whose antagonist suffers from dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personality disorder).  In the movie, three teenage girls are kidnapped by a man named Kevin, who exhibits 23 distinct personalities.  The girls must convince one of his personalities to […]

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Stigma Bingo

People stigmatize anxiety and depression on a daily basis. I decided to compile some of the obnoxious responses to anxiety and depression into Bingo boards.  If you were to mark off every box that contains something you’ve dealt with, would you wind up with a Bingo? I made these to help bring awareness to the judgement […]

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