2020 is a fresh new start. Let's kick it off the RIGHT way. This past decade, I've come across so many issues in the way people discuss mental health & mental illness. Here is my list of things to leave behind in 2019: Anti-psychiatry shenanigans "You don't need pills! Those are harmful! "Do [...]
I'm not going to sugar coat it: advocacy has its downs. Lately, I've seen an excessive amount of negativity and hate towards mental health advocates on social media, which made me think about the ways that I'm impacted myself. Here goes: #1: Being an advocate is not a "job"... it becomes an identity. This can [...]
I came across this Instagram campaign/project a few weeks ago. I instantly contacted the person behind the project. How can I get involved?! This is so cool! This project allows people to put a face to mental illness conditions, to help normalize and destigmatize such labels i.e. bipolar disorder. Yesterday, I got my shirt in [...]
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" [...]
What is addiction?
You have heard it a 100 times, is addiction a real disease? Medically speaking it is. But I am not in the business of trying to decipher whether it’s an actual disease or a moral failing or to try to convince you one way or the other.
Your hearing it on the news, you’re seeing it at your local super market, you may even have a family member suffering. But what is it? No, it’s not the physical addiction, which is what is always described as drug addiction. When you see me at a stoplight, you look over and I’m jamming to my favorite music, I come across pretty normal. If you saw me at your local super market buying groceries, you wouldn’t give me a second look. The furthest thing from your mind would be that I have faded scars in the crevice of my arms from shooting dope…
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