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Self-Stigma: The Undeserved Guilt of Self-Care

Self-Stigma: The Undeserved Guilt of Self-Care

Self-care isn’t a foreign topic when it comes to mental illness. Not only can self-care improve your overall mental wellness, but it’s more often than not a topic of conversation because of how incredibly difficult it can be to take care of ourselves when we’re struggling. The simple act of getting out of bed or having a proper meal can seem like a mountain to climb. One of the more interesting aspects of self-care, I think, is the self-stigma that’s attached to it; the self-stigma that says maybe we should stop focusing on ourselves for once.

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Help for Men Experiencing Depression and Mental Illness Stigma

Help for Men Experiencing Depression and Mental Illness Stigma

Depression and men experiencing mental illness stigma is a common and problematic concern for many people, and it also happens on many levels when living with any mental illness for that matter; however, this article focuses on men experiencing depression and mental illness stigma. I am not referring to feeling down once in a while due to the stressors of everyday life, but actually focusing on men who feel so low that depression is negatively affecting their lives on a daily basis and causing them great concern for their mental health.

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The Military and Mental Health Stigma

The Military and Mental Health Stigma

On Oct. 28, 2013, Justin Eldridge took his life. He left behind a wife and four children, and the never-ending question of “Why?”

He had served more than eight years serving in the United States Marines, including an eight-month stint in Afghanistan.

He was 31-years-old.

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The Cost of Self-Stigma

The Cost of Self-Stigma

Do you ever feel as if you’re not good enough?

Do you ever wake up at night and think, If others really knew me…

Do you ever walk around looking at others, knowing they are better/smarter/more beautiful than you?

Yes.

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The Pain of Self-Stigma

The Pain of Self-Stigma

In 1982, I attempted suicide after a failed relationship and ensuing depression. I was taken to the emergency room and made to swallow syrup of Ipecac. After a night of throwing up and crying, I was told that I needed to see a psychiatrist.

I was only 16, and I hated the thought that I was different.

That feeling has never left me.

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Eating Disorder Recovery and Weight Stigma

Eating Disorder Recovery and Weight Stigma

I thought I was done with writing about eating disorders.

I developed and started writing HealthyPlace’s Surviving ED blog in 2010. Readers saw me through several relapses, struggles and many tears, and the everyday ups and downs of recovering from an eating disorder.

In December 2012, I wrote a highly optimistic good-bye post, declaring that I had found my dream job and wishing everyone well. I was done, done with anorexia and writing about it. I was moving on, to a bright and endless future.

First I found out the job wasn’t such a dream after all.

Today I found out I am overweight and need to lose some pounds, putting me on par with the majority of Americans.

I can’t believe it.

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The End of Mental Health Stigma

The End of Mental Health Stigma

Since I started writing this blog over a year ago, I’ve noticed that I get more and more questions regarding my plans on how to end mental health stigma in my life (What Is Stigma?). Of course, I am honored to receive these questions, but I do not by any means consider myself an expert on the matter. But, here it goes anyway. You can be the judge as to whether I am an expert or not.

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The Stigma of Obesity

The Stigma of Obesity

The American Medical Association has named a new disease.

Obesity.

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The Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Help and Treatment

The Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Help and Treatment

‘I need mental health help.’

When you are suffering from a mental illness, these are often the three most difficult words to say. But the real question is ‘why?’

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About Angela Gambrel, Author of the “Surviving Mental Health Stigma” Blog

About Angela Gambrel, Author of the “Surviving Mental Health Stigma” Blog

My name is Angela Elain Gambrel and I would like to welcome you to HealthyPlace and the Surviving Mental Health Stigma blog. I am: a writer, reader, and curious about this world and this journey we call life. I love books and cats and quiet times with a hot cup of herbal tea while listening to medieval chants. I am interested in people and religions and history, and read everything I can get my hands on about these subjects and more. I am passionate about helping others and the orphans of Haiti. I recently completed my master’s degree in English Composition and Communication, and am now writing for a national website focused on children and cerebral palsy.

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