20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

At UNC, I took a Rethink Psychiatric Illness training on mental illnesses and how stigma impacts those with mental health conditions. When I went through the training, I honestly didn't see what the big deal was with some of the phrases they stated should be off limits. What... no one should use the terms "crazy" [...]

Clinical Anxiety & Excessive Perfectionism

Clinical Anxiety & Excessive Perfectionism

In high school, I was what was often labeled as a "perfectionist", a "workaholic", and an "overachiever. I used to think it was just this abnormally great intrinsic drive to be the best I could be... now I wonder if my anxiety was driving my behavior. Why did I spend triple the amount of time [...]

Go ahead. Call me “dramatic”…

Go ahead. Call me “dramatic”…

I used to be very in control of my emotions. I was not hypersensitive or overly dramatic.   But, bipolar disorder has destroyed my ability to be on top of my emotions at all times.   The littlest of things, a small criticism or a minor comment, can make it feel like my friendship is [...]

To the professor that said I didn’t need meds,

To the professor that said I didn’t need meds,

Dear professor, I missed your class last Tuesday because I was in the Emergency Department for a Bipolar Disorder-related incident. You pulled me out of your class upon my return to talk to me because I appeared 'depressed'. I told you about my condition, but I did not anticipate your reaction. You started talking about [...]

#WhatBipolarFeelsLike

#WhatBipolarFeelsLike

With World Bipolar Day on March 30th, I decided to reach out on social media with the hashtag #WhatBipolarFeelsLike to see how Bipolar Disorder impacts individuals. I got all types of tweets and messages in response to the hashtag! There were descriptions of mania, of depression, and of the disorder overall. Here are a few [...]

In The Shoes of a Manic Girl…

In The Shoes of a Manic Girl…

You may be manic if you have slept on average for two hours for the past few days without feeling tired at all. You may be manic if you find yourself impulsively buying hundreds of dollars worth of clothes, DVDs, and books. You may be manic if you have become convinced that you have a [...]

Bipolar & Schizophrenia Stigma

Bipolar & Schizophrenia Stigma

  "Depression, that's one thing- lot of people have depression, and they're not crazy.   Bipolar, schizophrenia- that's crazy. That's mental illness- the psychos, the nut cases, the incurably insane, the muttering bag ladies and bums, the freaks.   So I take my meds, and don't accept the name for what I have."   -"Madness: [...]

To Those Who Think Psychiatrists are Unnecessary,

To Those Who Think Psychiatrists are Unnecessary,

  Dear individuals who think psychiatrists are unnecessary, Stating that there is a simple, non-medical treatment option for mental illnesses makes it appear that you are not taking the conditions seriously. You can't just dance the symptoms away, or make them disappear by going to a yoga class or a church. These are mental ILLNESSES [...]