Weakness, Strength?

Weakness In life do you feel like you have a weakness? Maybe that weakness is a gift? I believe if you live in fear it’s because of a weakness. Maybe because it’s something you hide or something you don’t want to show? But what if your weakness was something you were born with? I know I was born with bipolar …

River

I cried a river in my dreams. I awoke in a puddle of illusion. I see clearly when my mind is focussed on eternity, When I turn and get distracted, I fall deep into my dreams. The river flows from my insecurities. I drift down lackadaisically in a high when I’m focussed. The river gets rough when my focus is …

Anarchy

Between peace and war is balance, It’s anarchy. No rules, Rules to be broken. Is it fun? Or is it forgotten? I’m alive in the balance, There’s a freedom. Between peace and war is balance, It’s anarchy. No rules, Rules to be broken, Loving every minute, I’m alive in the balance, It happens seldom, It’s anarchy, It’s freedom.

Letting Go of the Fear

Fear is inevitable, fear could be the enemy. It could consume your life if you let it. I was afraid for too many years of my life living with my mental illness. Even to this day, when I meet someone new, it takes a minute to get the courage to say I have a mental illness. I guess there will …

ALONE?

-ALONE?- Am I? I can hear my voice. Can you? I know that you do. Is this praying? I believe it is. I need a healthy balance. Can you show me the way? I feel peace in this moment. I feel that we are one. I am not alone in you. I feel your presence. I feel your force. I …

Medication Compliance

What does medication compliance have to do with mental health? In my situation it’s crucial in my stability of life, living with bipolar disorder. I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 20 years. I wasn’t always compliant with a medication regiment. Why? There’s a couple of reasons for this. In 1995 when I was diagnosed and was released from …

Mental Health Stigma: The Real Madness

I am an MBA Psychologist working as a professor of psychology at a small Midwestern university and I also have a small private practice; serving a very rural area where suicide is higher than the national average. I also come from a family riddled with mental illness and suicides as well as struggle with my own mental illness. I am …

Anti-Psychiatry

Can’t We All Just Get Along? In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month and a lively discussion with a colleague this fine spring morning, I want to talk about a movement that leaves me flummoxed as both a patient and provider. The anti-psychiatry movement. I have to be honest. I do not understand it. We cry out for understanding, …

Stigma Fighters

What is Stigma Fighters? Stigma Fighters is a non-profit mental health organization. I am the CEO and Founder, Sarah Fader. We have been featured on The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal and Good Day New York. It all started with a glimmer of an idea I had. I wrote an article for The Huffington Post about living …