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Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’

Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’

Rachel Miles, new author of "Surviving Mental Health Stigma", talks about her experiences with mental illness and how she plans to fight mental health stigma.My name is Rachel Miles, and I am very excited to be joining HealthyPlace to write on Surviving Mental Health Stigma. I was first diagnosed with depression and an eating disorder when I was 16 years old. This resulted in my first hospitalization as well as my first experiences with therapy, medication, and confronting mental health stigma. At the time, I had no idea what a significant part of my life these things would become.

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You Don’t Look Like Someone with a Mental Illness

You Don’t Look Like Someone with a Mental Illness

Mental illness looks like normal emotion, so you can't see it by looking. If we ignore the different ways mental illness looks, we risk too much. Learn more.

People’s notions of what someone with a mental illness looks like includes ideas of how they think a person with mental illness should behave. The idea that you can tell someone with a mental illness by looking at them comes from both misunderstanding and stigma. But, as more and more people discuss realities like high-functioning mental illness and so forth, people are beginning to broaden their understanding. However, we need to delve deeper into the idea that someone can look like they have a mental illness. The fact is, mental illness looks different in everyone, and I don’t mean simply from one illness to another, but within the same illness.

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Self-Stigma: The Undeserved Guilt of Self-Care

Self-Stigma: The Undeserved Guilt of Self-Care

Self-stigma makes us feel guilt when we take care of ourselves. It's time to stop feeling selfish when self-care is so necessary to our mental health.

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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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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