Category: Shattering Stigmas

#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Loved One’s Mental Health & the Emotional & Physical Effects

Posted August 29, 2016 by Christy / 1 Comment

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. People with schizophrenia — the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses — often have problems functioning in society, at work, at school, and in relationships. Schizophrenia can leave its sufferer frightened and withdrawn. – Taken from WebMD This may be what most people think of when they hear the word, Schizophrenia.  Me, however, I think of my grandma. Even when I was little I knew that something wasn’t right with my grandma.  She wasn’t like my other grandma, instead she was more child like.  She was often talking to herself and there were a […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: How Harry Potter Saved Me

Posted August 28, 2016 by Erica / 3 Comments

When Erica first asked me to be a part of Shattering Stigmas, I was a little nervous at first but I said yes because mental health is such an important subject. So on that note, I wanted to share why I decided to participate.   Growing up as a Greek-American girl was not easy, especially at private school in Atlanta. Back then, it was not an ethnically diverse school. The so called popular kids were all mostly blonde haired, blue eyed which was a stark contrast to my black hair and brown eyes.   I first started getting bullied in elementary school. Unfortunately, my mother kept my sister and I’s hair super short because it was so thick, which meant […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: 5 Books That Opened My Mind About Mental-Health Issues

Posted August 27, 2016 by Erica / 2 Comments

5 Books That Opened My Mind About Mental-Health Issues For the longest time, I refused to pick up any YA book with mental health issues in it, even as they got more and more popular. I was afraid that because I personally haven’t gone through such an illness that I wouldn’t be able to put myself in the characters’ shoes and understand what they were going through. I was worried that I would be left feeling disconnected from the story and the characters and that this would make me come across as a cold heartless jerk in the eyes of anyone reading my reviews.   Part of that was also most likely due to the fact that I grew up […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Mourning, Depression & Moving On

Posted August 25, 2016 by Erica / 7 Comments

I remember it well. All, all too well. I was in eighth grade. I’d just finished marching band practice for the night. It was still pretty hot for a late December night, and unfortunately, I was in some trouble because I hadn’t memorized “New York, New York.” I was supposed to pack up my clarinet and run a lap around the parking lot where we practiced. But all of that changed in an instant. My friend’s younger sister ran down the lot from where her mother was standing and waiting. She found me right away, and she had a look of panic on her face. Then she said it. “Erica’s was hit by a coal truck.” I remember not knowing […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Self Harm & Some Answers

Posted August 23, 2016 by Erica / 6 Comments

Self-Harm is a topic that’s very taboo and every time this word is mentioned, people get very uncomfortable. What people don’t understand it’s that it should be talked about and awareness should be raised about it. Statistics state that one in every two-hundred girls in their teen years’ self-harms. That’s a lot of girls! And it’s not even counting the boys! The thing is, there are a lot of myths surrounding this specific topic and other things you may not know about this so I’ll try to talk about them as best as I can. “You self-harm because you want to die.” This is both true and false. Why is it both? It’s true because there are people all over […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Battling Anxiety: A Tried and Tested Guide

Posted August 22, 2016 by Erica / 1 Comment

Hey guys! My name is Camillia and I am a book blogger over on Twenty Three Pages. Erica has very kindly given me a space on her blog today for Shattering Stigmas. Now I have dealt with mental illnesses for most of my teenage life. I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when I was 12 and I was consistently on Concerta and Ritalin. I also struggle with anxiety and I do get a lot of anxiety attacks. I get very panicky and I freak out over certain things and honestly it’s a struggle. I mean it’s a struggle for me to keep myself calm, to get myself over a panic attack and to deal with situations in a […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: My Story with Anxiety

Posted August 20, 2016 by Erica / 3 Comments

Once upon a time… there was a little girl When I was 8 years old, right after my parents divorced, I was terrified of the dark. I used to watch the outside, dreading the time when the sun goes down and the darkness takes its place. Because I knew bad things happened in the dark. Each and every night I used to experience what I called symptoms: nausea and vomiting, the feeling like I have something stuck in my throat and the overall sensation of irrational fear that something bad is happening. That it will never go away. That I will never feel okay ever again. Nowhere was safe. The symptoms weren’t going away. In fact, they only got worse. […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Tips/Advice from Experience

Posted August 19, 2016 by Erica / 2 Comments

When you’re hurting, what do you do? Do you read a book? Do you eat your favorite foods? Do you turn to a friend for help? Many people would choose the last option, hoping to talk out their problems with a sympathizing voice. But there are problems with this choice. Because sometimes, your friend can’t help you. I want to tell you a little story. It’s about a boy I met one day during Winter Break. We will call him…the Stargazer (Because that’s what he liked to do.) When we met, it was dark. It was the sort of dark that required the sharing of secrets. And I did. The mythical power of the night unearthed the skeletons in my closet, […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Smiling Through the Storm Inside Me

Posted August 18, 2016 by Erica / 7 Comments

Smiling through the storm inside me Hello bookworms, I am Mishma, and it is nice to meet you all. Without any elaborate introduction, this post would be all about my inner mental struggle. I am a 17 year old teenage girl, diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and battling depression. But I am also sure, that almost no one who knows me would even guess that I have all that inside me, because one thing I’ve mastered in life, is to smile through the storm inside me.   I was 11 when I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. For those who don’t know, it’s a neuropsychiatric disorder which causes repetitive, involuntary tics in someone. Just think nervous tics, pushed to an extreme. […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Books That Don’t Trivialize Mental Health

Posted August 17, 2016 by Erica / 10 Comments

AHHH, THIS IS THE SECOND GUEST POST GUYS! It is making me so excited. I am loving this event so far. I mean, I knew I would, but just seeing people come together really makes me one happy camper. I hope you guys enjoy what Ruz & Vera put together. They wanted to showcase some books that they think don’t trivialize mental health. So, let’s get this party started! 6 YA Books That Don’t Trivialize Mental Health Mental illness is something that is very rarely tackled in YA (even though trends are clearly starting to change for the good in recent times), so when a book comes along that genuinely makes an effort to present this topic to us in […]

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