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Mental Illness Stigma

Yes, You Can Travel for Work With a Mental Illness

By Kristance Harlow | December 5, 2018 | 2 Comments
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The most invisible and stigmatized of all health issues are mental illnesses. It’s fucked up, but disclosing a mental illness while looking for a job can impact your chances of getting hired. It might be illegal (depending on where you live), but so many people in this world are ignorant. Companies may find some other point of contention…

Will I Pass My Mental Illness to My Children?

By Kristance Harlow | October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
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I want children of my own, but for the past few years I have been afraid that I would pass this on to my offspring. I feared how will my body and mind handle it?

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

By Kristance Harlow | January 16, 2018 | 1 Comment
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Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly called multiple personality disorder, is an extremely misunderstood condition related to serious trauma usually in childhood. It’s a controversial diagnosis, in part because of the widespread ignorance and because it frequently occurs alongside other disorders.

Mental Health Stigma Nearly Killed Me

By Kristance Harlow | January 14, 2018 | 1 Comment
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Stigma about mental illness was encoded into my inner schema. It was so deeply embedded in me that it prevented me from even trying out possible solutions.

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The Necessity of Trigger Warnings

By Kristance Harlow | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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A trigger warning is a buffe, a necessary reprieve from the onslaught of triggers we can’t avoid — like the hellish time travel triggered by the sound of a high pitched alarm, the sudden slamming of a door, the smell of a freshly kindled fire or cracks of thunder.

Medical Disorders: The Social Component

By Kristance Harlow | July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
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“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” [Jiddu Krisnamurti] Have you ever gone to the doctors having already self-diagnosed yourself? Do you ever find yourself suggesting which medication to go on to your doctor? Maybe you are very aware of your body and take control of your own…

How Pharmaceutical Companies Sell Diseases

By Kristance Harlow | June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash What is Disease Mongering? Do you have a headache? Take some Ibuprofen. Stomach upset? Take a TUMS. Are you lactose intolerant? Eat dairy and just take a lactose pill. Have you been feeling down lately and watching a lot of TV because you feel sad? There’s a pill for that!…

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