"I’m still scared of people treating me differently and of my boss feeling like I’m less capable of doing my job. I want to be the person that uses my real name and admits what I’m going through to put a face to the stigma of mental illness in the workplace, but I can’t. It terrifies me."
Day 177. "I was really in a dark place here. I was completely in a depressive phase."
Fed up with keeping her mental health a secret, bipolar disorder sufferer Missy Douglas spent a year creating a painting each day to express her feelings. Controversially, she decided not to take her medication during this time, in the hope that paintings demonstrating her highs and lows would raise awareness of her condition.
"These two poems helped me come to terms with my anxiety."
“I had a moment where I thought I was going to die,” NBA star Love said. “I had never experienced something like that. I thought I was having a heart attack. Heart racing, and I was running around looking for something I couldn’t find. I just wanted to get air.”
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
My OCD Story
10 year old Bella King shares her experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Inspired by the phenomenon of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tiffany Dawn Hasse makes it a mission to prolifically use her words to articulate her experience of having OCD as well as a tic disorder.
What really causes addiction - to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do - and if there might be a better way.
Letter to my friends who visited my in the psychiatric ward: You have no idea what it meant to me.
My platonic romance on the psych ward: Jeannie shares
Kye Plant has 1 hour conversations with a different person every episode about taboo and stigmatized subjects (mental health [OCD, Bipolar, ADHD, BPD, Depression, Anxiety] PTSD, illness, gender, sexuality, etc) in order to make listeners feel LESS WEIRD and less alone.
Linda Carson's novel on bulimia, based on her own experience with eating disorders. Print media source, for purchase see link for additional details.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
"My self-image grew so distorted that I actually convinced myself I was deformed"
Lindi Ortega on coping with BDD through being on stage
Jade takes a stand
against her BDD
Brian talks about bullying, depression, BDD, and more
Mark Cuban's younger brother talks about his own struggles with mental health in The Atlantic
I am not a serial killer, I do not hear voices (nor have I ever) and I was never confined to a straight jacket.
Emily's story on Sickboy podcast
“Psychosis can happen to anyone and it's far more common than you think.”
"Once, I saw liquid, melting rose gold cover trees and cars in an incandescent glow, magnified by the sunset. It was one of the most exquisite things I’ve ever witnessed: this gorgeous, pink metallic sheen on everything around me. I remember thinking to myself, I wish others could see things the way I do.'"
What it's like experiencing hallucinations you enjoy
Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They're using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.
"... as much as my impulsivity hinders my bank account, it allows so much room for creative expression that I would be a different person without."
Caleb's story on Sickboy Podcast
"My transition to adulthtood with ADHD was harder than I thought": Read Catherine's story
Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
"Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients seem to have lost the will to live. “They are like Snow White,” a doctor said. “They just fall away from the world.”
"Cancer is much less formidable when it’s only a figment of your imagination and not an actual malignancy of the body. But it is formidable, real or imagined.. You see, I have health anxiety, a condition whereby the line between good health and imminent doom—real cancer and fake cancer—is perpetually blurred."
Read this story about Borderline personality disorder via "time to change"
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD awake and asleep
Charlotte is an artist, activist, and rape survivor. Read the blog post that accompanies this piece of art.
Sarah experienced postpartum PTSD, a condition often conflated with postpartum depression
Leaving the battlefield: A soldier shares a story of PTSD
“When we go into a lot of First Nations health centres there’s posters on diabetes, cancer, HIV, AIDS, safe sex, quitting smoking — those are a lot of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder — but we see very little information and awareness about what post-traumatic stress is and what it’s causing to the people,” said Kiesman, a First Nations member who struggles with PTSD. Writing and doing art are key tools for managing his condition.