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    Revictimization

    Who of you has felt the sting of stigma? If so, and if you feel comfortable, what exact diagnosis was stigmatized?

    For me, my Borderline Personality Disorder is highly stigmatized and to read the opinions online about us who have it can be downright painful and triggering. I urge others with this challenge, don't do it. Don't ever look it up unless it's to educate yourself on it. Don't go to any sites that post the opinion of others. Even search results can be disheartening.#Stigma #Misconception #Wrong #triggering #revictimization #StopTheStigma #TheMighty #MightyTogether

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    I would like to share with you why I decided to create my two new groups.

    I seem to have dual callings on my life and I thought they'd be best explained by my chest tats.

    If you have gone to my profile then you have seen in my bio my military - inspired description. That is because for my entire life I have been in a war and everyday is a battle. In order to externalize my inner fight, the words on my chest are survivor, fighter, soldier, and warrior and no I have never been in the military. My war consists of my survival of trauma and mental illness. My battles are my daily efforts to find and maintain equilibrium.

    The cross in the middle has the semicolon placeed on top. The reason for this combo is because not only do I fight my own battle but I do what I can to #StopTheStigma by advocacy and education. The cross because it is my strongest weapon against my enemy and because I have been called to alleviate whatever pain I can in others through #IntercessionforIllness . I have been called to be Jesus' hands and feet and His ambassador on this earth.

    I desire to inspire others to fight these battles alongside me. Our enemy is fierce and we need as many as we can get as many soldiers as we can get to fight the good fight. A lot is riding on this. It is literally life and death. I don't want to see anymore lost to our adversary. Suicides can be prevented if we band together to be difference makers.

    Any takers?

    #MentalHealth #MightyTogether #TheMighty

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    Hello my Precious Peeps!

    I have gone out on a limb and created two groups for us to pool our power and to fight our personal challenges along with the public's response to them. Join me in fighting our pain through #IntercessionforIllness and doing what we can to #StopTheStigma . We are #StrongerTogether . #MightyTogether #TheMighty

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    OPIOIDS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

    Contrary to what the mainstream media and "anti-opioid" lobbyists would have you believe, legally prescribed opioid painkillers DO actually work for chronic pain. Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain, so why is there a mis-perception or inference in recent times they should only be used for acute pain?

    In America the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines state there is "insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain" [SEE LINK BELOW], and in Australia we are told there is a "lack of evidence for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain" [i.e. based on the International Assoc. for the Study of Pain Policy Document February 2018].

    Many anti-opioid activists claim there is “no evidence” or "insufficient evidence" opioids work long-term, yet there are NO high quality, placebo controlled studies routinely conducted for longer than 3 months. Therefore, to say there is no evidence is "a misleading statement, because non-opioid pain medications and alternative treatments are not studied for long periods either."

    IF there are no reputable or "good studies" that go beyond 3 months [i.e. due to funding and other regulatory and scientific restrictions], surely the absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence? There is a silent majority of responsible chronic pain patients, using their opioid pain killers safely and successfully for many years, yet their voice is not being heard.

    #research #CDC #IASP #OpioidCrisis #PainManagement #Opioids #Painrelief #prescriptionopioids #Dontpunishpain #ChronicPain #PainManagement #OpioidEpidemic #OpioidCrisis #opioidtapering #forcetapering #Dependence #Addiction #opioidprescribingguidelines #OpioidHysteria #fearofopioids #opioidrestrictions #chronicpainpatients #deprescribingopioids #abandonment #untreatedpain #OpioidUseDisorder #SubstanceAbuse #PainKillers #StopTheStigma #Holisticcare #qualityoflife #noonesizefitsall

    www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2018/5/3/study-finds-opioid-...

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    Guilt.

    I can not do today. I have been struggling for weeks, but I keep pushing and shoving myself to keep going. I know the signs that I'm hurting, but "I'm doing so much better now" so I don't feel like I'm allowed to go backwards...I can't stay in bed anymore. I have come too far. I called out of work today because I literally couldn't pull myself out of bed. I can. I know I can, but today was too much. My head hurts from medication withdrawal because my shipment from the pharmacy is delayed and the migraine is making me feel sick. I feel hopeless and defeated, but still feel overwhelming guilty for taking time from work to try to take care of myself... if I had a stomach bug or the flu I wouldn't feel like this...my boss never answered me. Never responded. Now I'm terrified for my job on top of it and I feel guilty, but still can't get out of bed.

    #MentalHealthisHealth
    #MajorDepressiveDisorder #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder
    #SuicidalIdeation
    #PTSD
    #mentalhealthmatters
    #StopTheStigma
    #SuicidePrevention
    #itsokaytonotbeokay

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    Well that was unexpected.

    I am realizing that there are a rainbow of reactions one will receive after feeling "brave enough" to share a diagnosis. #Bipolar #BipolarDisorder #Stigma #StopTheStigma

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    No more tears #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #SuicidalThoughts #StopTheStigma

    All I do is cry! Over anything and everything; big or small! It doesn't even have to be sad, but it's sad to me! When I'm not crying, I'm fighting the urge to cry! My anger is getting harder to manage! I'm going to end up doing something childish or unforgivable! I just want to be calm! I need my mind to shut off and give me a little peace and quiet! I can't eat, not that there's a lot of food around. I barely sleep. Everyone I turn to for support either ignores me or they're busy with their own lives. BHC here is a joke made to make people like me feel ashamed or bad for having any type of mental disorder! It's been a REALLY REALLY bad day. I've done everything I can think of to distract myself, but with no one around, my thoughts are getting worse. That little voice inside that keeps me alive is fading! I'm clinging to her with everything I have, but my strength is failing. The sadness, depression, anxiety, and fears are NOT temporary! My happiness, however, is fleeting at best! Death is not a permanent answer to temporary problems. It would be a comforting silence to years of intrusive thoughts, events, and actions! I DO NOT WANT TO DIE! My mind is spiraling at the moment and I can't find a balance or an anchor to actual reality. But, I'm not giving up!!
    I'm just so sick of crying! And it's not soft crying. It's hard, loud, breathtaking sobs of anguish and pleas for it to stop! Nothing ever seems to work out. I take one step forward and I get bitch slapped 20 steps back. It can't end like this! It has to get better! There is still good and happy memories to be made and felt! I have to believe that or my demons will have won. Please give me a break! Allow myself to process and rest up for the next battle! Please! I need to heal just a little! I'm an army of one against multiplying demons! I'm begging, PLEASE!

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    One-upmanship

    I have been a client of my regional behavioral health authority for decades and one thing that needs to stop is the infighting and one-upmanship within our community. Invalidating someone else's suffering is worse than being an ignorant normies for we must be supportive of one another because only we know what each other is going through. We are a uniqely diverse demographic and the stigma has to cease from within. Be kind to one another❤️ #StopTheStigma

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    Why do you take medication?

    Dino 1: “Why do you take medicine? Your depression is in your head.”

    Dino 2: “Why do you wear glasses? Your eyes are in your head.”

    #MentalIllnessStigma #StopTheStigma #funny #AnxietyMedication #Depression #Medication #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness

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