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Dating With A Mental Illness Is Never Simple

2017-11-29T20:03:04+00:00November 29th, 2017|Sarah Fader, blog, writing|

By Sarah Fader What happens when you meet somebody and you want to date them seriously? When do you disclose that you have schizophrenia and deal with hallucinations? It’s a difficult thing to figure out. I personally do not have schizophrenia but I have two really good friends who would manage this every day. [...]

Does Behavioral Therapy Work For Schizophrenia?

2017-11-25T20:28:04+00:00November 27th, 2017|Sarah Fader, blog, writing|

By Sarah Fader I've been doing behavior therapy for OCD and Anxiety. I've also been targeting ADHD too because it is causing me problems in life. I've been thinking about behavior therapy in terms of other mental health issues. I wonder if it would treat Schizophrenia. I started doing some research to see if [...]

If You Don’t Understand That I Have A Mental Illness, Then We Can’t Be Friends

2017-11-24T21:00:12+00:00November 24th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. My father used to say if you could count all your true friends on one hand, consider yourself the luckiest person in the world. I never really believed it in my younger years, being the girl with a million friends. Recently, however, his advice has been very important after a [...]

Social Anxiety on Thanksgiving

2017-11-22T17:06:03+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Sarah Fader, blog, writing|

By Sarah Fader As a child, I was terrified of social gatherings, particularly if they were family ones. We would all sit around the table and have to talk to each other and it freaked me out. Not my immediate family, but if there were extended relatives and friends and friends of friends and [...]

Stigma In The Movies

2017-11-18T19:47:38+00:00November 20th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. The quirky friend and the villain; these are the two stereotypes we commonly see in movies with characters who have a mental illness. Girls who have mental illness in romantic comedies are often seen as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Manic Pixie Dream Girls are quirky and fun. They’re often [...]

I Fake My Happiness. And It Sucks.

2017-11-15T16:54:22+00:00November 15th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. I'm a pretty happy person...for someone with severe depression. That being said I'm still very sad for most of the time. It's not my fault that I'm sick. But it will be my fault when I show up to happy events acting the way I feel. So a lot of [...]

The First Time I Disclose My Mental Illness

2017-11-08T18:25:06+00:00November 13th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. There are a lot of relationship milestones that can seem kind of intimidating. The first date, the first kiss, the first time saying I love you. However, for me, there's one relationship milestone that terrifies me. That is, the first time I disclose my mental illness.   I know it's [...]

I Have A Mental Illness, & I Will Never Own A Gun

2017-11-08T16:27:35+00:00November 8th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. Lately mental illness has been in the news...however it's not always in the best light. Lately I've been seeing a lot of reports concerning mental health in relation to the mass shootings that have taken place. And quite frankly, I'm really sick of it.   There's a lot I could [...]

Why Do People Think I’m Faking My Illness?

2017-11-04T17:08:58+00:00October 30th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. I have been mentally ill my whole life. For as long as I can remember I've been struggling with psychotic episodes, panic attacks, depression periods, and so much more. My life is ruled by mental illness. Although I try not to let it define me, I try not to be [...]

There Has To be More To Life Than My Mental Illness

2017-11-04T17:10:44+00:00September 25th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. There has to be more than life than this. There has to be more to life than this crippling anxiety and this deep, dark depression. There has to be more to life than my mental illness.    Yet it seems like my mental illness always consumes me.   Yet it seems [...]

Are You Confused Why I Cut You Out Of My Life?

2017-11-04T17:12:22+00:00July 27th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. I'm a people pleaser. It's hard for me to say no to others. I believe in the good in people. When I make friends I'm hoping it's for life, and if I call you family that means you matter so much to me I couldn't stand to live without you. [...]

Even Celebrities Aren’t Immune To Mental Illness

2017-11-04T17:12:24+00:00July 20th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Nicole. The summer of 2014 hit me like a ton of bricks. I was in serious treatment for my mental health. I was at my lowest of the low. And just when it seemed like it couldn't get any worse, my hero, Robin Williams, died by suicide. I was a wreck. [...]

#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike The Book!

2017-07-19T18:55:24+00:00July 14th, 2017|collaboration, Michelle Hammer, writing|

Schizophrenic.NYC Founder, Michelle Hammer and the CEO of StigmaFighters.com, Sarah Fader have created the book: #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike  When you think everyone hates you & so much more #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike is a viral hashtag created by Sarah Fader that took over Twitter in 2017. People all over the world shared their anxious thoughts in the form of tweets. [...]

I Wasn’t A Bitch, I Was Schizophrenic by Michelle Hammer

2017-06-23T18:36:53+00:00June 23rd, 2017|blog, Featured, Michelle Hammer, writing|

Head on over to Transformation-is-Real.com/Blog to read Michelle's newest Blog post about growing up with Schizophrenia called I wasn't a Bitch, I was Schizophrenic.  It's an eye-opening piece about growing up with Schizophrenia and dealing with symptoms on a daily basis.     I didn't want to speak. I didn't want to be noticed. [...]

Did you take your meds today?

2017-11-04T17:14:16+00:00June 5th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. "Did you take your meds today?" This question used to make me cringe. Every time I was acting out of the ordinary my mother would ask me this. The truth was, I wasn't taking my medications regularly. She was in the right to ask me this. But it still annoyed [...]

I’ll never be the person my parents planned for me to be; but I will try my hardest to be even better

2017-11-04T17:14:26+00:00May 16th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. When I was adopted at the age of seven my parents didn't quite know what to expect. When I first met them at the age of six they didn't know who to expect. My parents expected me to have a good life; that was easily managed. They cared deeply about [...]

But Really is it Mental Health Awareness Month?

2017-11-04T17:15:15+00:00May 10th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. Every month at my local grocery store there is a promotion for the pharmacy where you can raise money for the month and whatever illness has association with that month. I was excited for May, being (among many things) Mental Health Awareness Month. I was hoping that my pharmacy would [...]

If you could take a magic pill to cure yourself of mental illness, would you?

2017-11-04T17:15:58+00:00April 20th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. I think there's a point in everyone's life where they think about what life would be like without a mental illness. I too, have thought of this question. So here's my question today; if you could take a magic pill to cure yourself of mental illness, would you?   Why [...]

Depressed mornings are always the hardest

2017-11-04T17:15:37+00:00April 17th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. Depressed mornings are always the hardest for me. I'm tired; I don't want to get out of bed for the life of me. I wish I didn't wake up from my slumber, and I have no motivation to go on throughout my day. I want to curl up and stay [...]

When I was first diagnosed with a mental illness I thought my life was over

2017-11-04T17:18:05+00:00April 12th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. When I first was diagnosed with a mental illness I thought my life is over. Everything had to change. I couldn't drink anymore because of my medications, I couldn't stay up late in case it altered my moods. I had to be cautious of the way I was acting, and [...]

Don’t question my emotions. Don’t question my medications.

2017-11-04T17:18:39+00:00March 30th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. Anti-psychotic medicines have become a regular part of my life. Every night around 10 I pop my pill, go to bed, and in the morning I (not so) magically wake up pretty balanced. Before medications I would wake up a monster or a slug. These balanced days that fill my [...]

Without my support team, I would be lost

2017-11-04T17:19:34+00:00March 27th, 2017|blog, Taylor Jones, writing|

Written by Taylor Jones. I've been told in the past that I don't get what it's like, because I have a family, I have supporters. This is true. My biggest motivator in my life right now (and there's a handful that are golden, beautiful people who don't doubt me) is my child. My son [...]

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