Is mental health advocacy too fractured to be effective?

My first job out of college was working for the New York state chapter of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, a trade association for insurance agents and brokers. One of the primary functions of the group was to advocate for the membership in Albany and Washington, to help pass favorable laws, to […]

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Mental health stigma and the pernicious politics of Fox News and Rand Paul

I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook yesterday to this story on The Huffington Post regarding comments made by Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan regarding mental illness. Sullivan is discussing the results of a Social Security Administration report that says that the largest diagnostic group for disabled beneficiaries are for those people with mental […]

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I’d like to share my mental health story with Rand Paul

You may have seen something over the weekend about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s recent comments regarding people receiving Social Security Disability benefits (here’s a pretty good rundown from the Washington Post). His lack of both understanding mental health issues and mood disorders and the absence of empathy are a little bit troubling, considering his role as […]

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Reading up on your disorder – more harm than good?

Originally posted on BY LAUREN HAYLEY:
I’ve only ever actually bought one book relating to mental health – The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide which I bought straight after my diagnosis. I also have Cyclothymia and anxiety, but BPD was the diagnosis I found hardest to understand and get a hold of what it actually…

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Sticks and Stones: Further Thoughts on Mental Health, Labels & Stigmas

So I’ve been doing a little more thinking about the post on stigmas and labels when it comes to mental health and I’m finding myself somewhat divided. Most anti-stigma campaigns target what I think everyone would agree are pejorative labels like “crazy,” “disturbed,” and “weird” when describing someone who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, […]

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My Problem with Anti-Stigma Campaigns

Here’s a great post from one of the bloggers I read on a regular basis, Pride In Madness, about mental health stigmas and campaigns to reduce the stigmas. I’ve written my own stuff on how media talks about mental health (for example, Robin Williams had “demons”) and I think it’s an important discussion to have. […]

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It’s all here in this free brochure

I was in the waiting room at my therapists office the other day (my birthday actually- kind of a strange place to find yourself on such a day, but there I was) and usually I use the five to ten minutes to scroll through Twitter, check email, that kind of thing. The other day though […]

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Back from vacation, but more importantly, Allie Brosh is on WTF

Tuesday night I got in late after a long weekend visiting my very good friend Dan in South Carolina and my parents in Georgia. A very good time with both- Dan is a friend who, though we haven’t seen each other in probably close to two years, I can fall right back into familiar patterns […]

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