Tag Archives: stigma of mental illness

OCD and Trauma

When discussing the causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the general consensus is that a combination of genetic and environmental factors likely leads to its development. There’s talk of genetic predisposition, triggering events, and childhood trauma. Oh, how that last one makes … Continue reading

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Faces of Mental Illness

I’m on vacation this week so instead of sharing my own thoughts, I’d like to bring your attention to a project called Faces of Mental Illness. I heard about this idea via the blog Pride in Madness and you can read … Continue reading

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OCD and Honesty

As a child, my son Dan never lied to me. Okay, I guess I can’t be 100% sure about that, but he was usually an upfront, truthful boy. Teachers and relatives would comment on his honesty as well, saying things … Continue reading

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The Loneliness of OCD

My friend Sunny over at 71 degrees and Sunny commented on a recent post of mine. She brought up several good points, but what touched me the most were these words: “The symptoms of OCD are often so humiliating that … Continue reading

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Am I To Blame?

There is no question the stigma of mental illness is alive and well, even as many of us work hard to eradicate it.  Sharing our stories, and being candid about our mental health issues, goes a long way toward changing … Continue reading

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Mental Health Month Blog Party

In describing the background pertaining to Mental Health Month and this blog party, the American Psychological Association says: Congress designated May as Mental Health Month in 1949 to illustrate the importance of mental health issues to the overall health and … Continue reading

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Stigma or Misperception?

The word stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace or infamy. We hear the term used frequently in reference to how mental illness is perceived, and rightly so. But I have to admit that, for me, stigma never seemed … Continue reading

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