2 thoughts on “Calling All Stigma Rebels! … This Psychologist’s “Call to Arms” to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

  • January 27, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety in 2000. At that time no one believed the stereotypes related to mental health and seeing a psychiatrist more than I did. I was lucky, I was referred to an excellent psychiatrist who prescribed antidepressants and after two episodes my depression symptoms went away. I have dealt with anxiety off and on since long before my diagnosis. Over the years I had several stretches of therapy with this Dr but I was numb emotionally having repressed my feelings. Throughout this journey I kept my illness and my psychiatrist a secret from almost everyone. Carrying that secret was a heavy burden. In 2013 I told my children and close friends the truth. The were all supportive and it was a huge relief. In 2015 my father died and I had my first experience with grief. It broke down the wall blocking my emotions but issues from the past resulted in protracted grief. I have been in therapy for almost three years now which has helped and is still helping me more than I thought possible. I have been able to grow and am healing with my Drs help. I do not use social media but talk openly about my anxiety and therapy now to hopefully lessen the stigma for others who are reluctant to seek help. It can save your life.

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    • January 27, 2018 at 11:38 pm

      PJ, thanks so much for sharing your story. You’re absolutely right, talking can save your life. I’m sorry to hear about your Dad, that’s a journey in its own right, but I’m glad to hear of your positive experience talking to those closest to you about your experience with depression. Welcome to The Stigma Rebellion! Best wishes, Tess.

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