“You’re a mental patient.” These four words were used as a weapon. Those words cut me to the core when I heard actor James Rebhorn spit these words out to actress Laura Dern in the HBO series Enlightened. With those four words, he undermined all she was working for to make positive changes and help… Read More Enlightened: A series worth watching
(Originally published on www.woundedbirdsministry.com) Sharing my bipolar diagnosis is terrifying. Questions circle my mind: Will they understand it? Will they accept it? Will they remain in my life? The stigma of mental illness is so colossal and tenacious that people become uneasy discussing mental illness, let alone trying to understand it. To be stigmatized is to be shamed, disgraced,… Read More Bipolar is My Elephant in the Room: Let me introduce you.
Because…it’s not so simple. Stigma aside: Those who move forward seeking help in diagnosing and managing one’s mental illness are only taking the first step in a monumental undertaking.