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Fighting Self-Stigmatization Due to a Depression Relapse

Fighting Self-Stigmatization Due to a Depression Relapse

After a recent depression relapse, I was reminded that I must fight self-stigmatization. Recently I was slapped in the face by an ugly bout with depression. Not one or two days of it—the obnoxious kind that parks his recreational vehicle on your front lawn for a few weeks. It’s been playing Duck, Duck, Goose with me for a few months and I’ve been trying to avoid it. But it caught me. And it invited a few metaphorical demons to join this sadistic game.

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Stigma Surrounding Pilots’ Mental Health

Stigma Surrounding Pilots’ Mental Health

Pilots’ mental health is a hot topic and stigma surrounding pilot’s mental health is an important point to highlight. I am an airline pilot and mental health advocate. Let me tell you my experience with aviation, mental health and what I know about flying, stigma and being a pilot with a mental illness.

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Responding to Inquiries About Mental Illness in Your Family

Responding to Inquiries About Mental Illness in Your Family

Do you have a child with mental illness? Sometimes, receiving inquiries from others about your child’s mental health situation can catch you off-guard or be awkward.

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Is Not Disclosing Mental Illness Perpetuating Stigma?

Is Not Disclosing Mental Illness Perpetuating Stigma?

I was talking with a friend recently about disclosure related to our mental illnesses. We were trying to figure out how and when you tell someone that you have a mental illness. It is a difficult problem, not only for those of us living with mental illness, but also for family members, because mental health stigma still exists. We were specifically discussing how, when, and if we should tell a potential employer about our mental illness.

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Accepting That You Have A Mental Illness

Accepting That You Have A Mental Illness

Dysfunction doesn’t run, it gallops through my family tree! Growing up in a home with parents who were depressed, anxious and with various other emotional problems, tends to create children with the same issues. I am a testament to just that. I have never felt normal. I was always very reserved, withdrawn, cried easily and often I just wanted to sleep. I had few friends. I still shy away from people.

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