Self-Stigmatization

When I was figuring out what to write about today, this paragraph from my previous post popped up. "Relatives might ask where I am. Others might think I’m disrespectful for not being there. If I was there, I can only imagine the deluge of questions. Why’s your hair that color? Do you think you’re still... Continue Reading →

Sunshine Blogger Award #2!

Thank you to orange walls for  nominating me for . . . . . . and you should definitely check out her blog, especially if you want to know why she calls it orange walls! Recently she blogged about various mood tracker apps, which is certainly worth a read. Sunshine Blogger Award Rules: The Sunshine Blogger... Continue Reading →

Stigma Towards ECT

When I posted The ECT Procedure: How It's Done on Twitter, someone replied that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or, electroshock treatment "is craniocerbral [sic] trauma" and that it "causes brain damage." The person referred me to the site, ECT Resources Center, to confirm this. I was surprised to receive such a response, because I thought that... Continue Reading →

Stigma in the Workplace

Though I'm sure I've experienced stigma without even realizing it, my most memorable experience happened in 2002 or 2003, when I was still teaching as an adjunct (a part-timer) while searching for a tenure-track/full-time position at a 2- or 4-year college. The school where it occurred was my favorite to teach at, even though the commute... Continue Reading →

Psychiatrist #1 of 6

I've had 6 total psychiatrists in my life, and I'd like to describe them. As such, this is going to be a 3-parter, posted today and the next 2 Sundays. (I can bundle Psychiatrist #s 3-6 in one post.) When I was a senior in high school, an authority figure "recommended" that my parents seek... Continue Reading →

Facebook Quizzes & Stigma

Last week I took a Facebook quiz called What Does Your Facebook Vocabulary Say About You? Imagine my surprise when the answer was, A Crazy Person, as you can see from the screenshot. And it appears on what looks like a certificate, so apparently, I’m certifiably so. The answer was probably random, but it shouldn't... Continue Reading →

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