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#EndTheStigma: A Movement

Okay, this may be ambitious, but I am biting off two blogs at one time and well, there's no turning back. 

We do our research about the different mental illnesses we cover, not only because we view learning more about mental health as doing our part, but we also think it should be talked about more and this is why we're here. 

I'm learning about things I never knew I struggled with. Discovering them has been liberating, emotional, and meant a great deal to my perspective. This most recent subject Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been particularly eye-opening in that I've learned about how the illness works and operates... but also that it affects me greatly. 

I felt momentarily sad for myself feeling like I had been abandoned or forgotten or how could no one notice the signs or recognize the symptoms. 

You GUYS. It's because we don't fucking talk about it. We never fucking talk about it. It's a scam, it's a new fad, it's something to be ashamed of so on.. and so forth. People who have truly understood what they're going through believe further than those headlines, but other than that we have been extremely sheltered. 

So then I took a breath and realized it is absolutely no one's fault except for every single one of our duties to make a change and take action towards difference. So here we are right. 

Keeping the conversation going to end the stigma.

I continued with my research and was again let down by our lack of knowledge. 

I'm sick and tired of the "there's no conclusive evidence as to why - there's no real cure - we don't really know the symptoms" ... This blanket statement has plagued the mental illness circuit and it's incredibly nauseating. It's also further reason to keep doing what we're doing by breaking down these barriers.

I'm excited to see where we go from here. I hope it's a wake-up call for me. For others reading and recognizing, and for people struggling to know we're coming after this stigma and we will break down those barriers.. 

All Our Love,

Rebecca + Michael

 


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  • You’re very right. Honestly growing up when you said someone was “OCD” it was said flippantly and almost like a joke when I’m reality, it’s a disorder and people legitimately struggle with it.

    It wasn’t until I watched “As Good As It Gets” that I caught a glimpse of how debilitately OCD or related disorders can be for individuals and how it impacts their lives and people around them.

    I applaud you for digging deeper to find answers and to shed light on a disorder that is rarely covered. Also it’s great you are giving a voice to it and hopefully opening the door for more people to YAC about it. ❤️

    • Lisa