Ableism and Social Stigma – My Story

I learned a new word the other day. Ableism. Ableism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities… Similar to many of the assumptions underlying the medical model of disability amongst many clinicians, the “ableist” societal world-view is that the able-bodied are the norm in society, and that people who have disabilities must either strive to become that…

Hallucinations

Voices Fill My Head With Blood and Self-hatred

I was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder a quite a few years ago. “Schizoaffective disorder is a condition in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms — such as hallucinations or delusions — and mood disorder symptoms, such as mania or depression.” – Mayoclinic.org One of the reasons for this particular diagnoses was that…

Medication

Medication – A Necessary Evil

I have been on psych medications for most of my adult life – so many that I’ve forgotten the names of most of them. One thing that most of these medications have in common is the horrible side-effects. Dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, anxiety, fatigue, drowsiness, blurred vision, nausea and irritability are just a few that…