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Bring Change 2 Mind
1 in 6 adults and almost 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet, for many, the stigma associated with the illness, can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind.
Watch the amazing Public Service Announcement produced by Glenn Close (whose sister has bipolar), directed by Ron Howard, and featuring many brave individuals who meet at Grand Central Station in NYC to “come out the closet” to help destroy the stigma of mental illness.

“Say What You Need To Say” to bring about change.


Behind the Scenes: Discussing the making of the PSA with many of the participants.

Going Public With My Story in Elle Magazine
In 2006, I was interviewed about my DP/DR for "Elle" magazine. A good bit of this is a recap of what you have read on this site, but it also includes a lot of information on the lack of knowledge in the medical profession re: chronic DP/DR and a debate over its very existence. As I have done now for ten years I scream from the rooftops to educate. I have nothing to be ashamed of.
I have been attacked for “whining” by some readers. That has never been my intent; I don't seek pity -- I reach out to other sufferers so they know they are not alone. I wish to educate anyone I can about mental illness. I still cannot fathom there is still a belief that the brain cannot malfunction like any other organ in the body.
Years ago breast cancer was a taboo subject until Betty Ford (President Gerald Ford's wife) brought that topic "out of the closet."
It is now time to speak out about mental illness.
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ADAA: Anxiety Disorders Association of America
"The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them.

Since 1980, by disseminating information, linking people who need treatment with those who can provide it and advocating for cost effective treatments, the ADAA has made it possible for hundreds of thousands of individuals to benefit from its services and publications. The association is made up of professionals who conduct research and treat anxiety disorders and individuals who have a personal or general interest in learning more about such disorders."
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Marlene Steinberg’s Comprehensive Website on Dissociative Disorders
"Shatter the myths of dissociation -- a debilitating psychological condition that affects over 30 million people globally - with Dr. Marlene Steinberg, author of
The Stranger In The Mirror: Dissociation The Hidden Epidemic.
Now, for the first time, professionals and lay readers alike can learn valuable guidelines for identifying, treating, recovering from, and ultimately understanding this often confusing condition involving feelings of disconnection from one's self.

Dr. Steinberg is the originator of The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D), the breakthrough diagnostic test that allows therapists worldwide to diagnose dissociative disorders based on rigorous scientific testing and has also authored The Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation: A Clinical Guide, a resource for therapists offering systematic guidelines for assessing dissociative symptoms and disorders.

There is a free, confidential depersonalization screening questionnaire on the site.”

N.B.: Dr. Steinberg’s book and website are not self-diagnostic tools. MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) has yet to be properly understood; it is now termed DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) which also needs further study. Depersonalization and Derealization are separate perceptual distortions. I do not have MPD/DID.
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Anxiety Panic.Com
A top search engine for anxiety, panic, phobia, trauma, stress, obsession, depression and related disorders.
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Coming Out Of The Dark
This organization is devoted to survivors of a variety of life’s challenges. Focusing on sharing stories of people living with or who have overcome depression, mental illness, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, addiction and more. COOTD hopes to provide empowering profiles and creative expressions along with a variety of resources.
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The Brain and Behavior Research Fund - Formerly known as NARSAD
Mission: The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
Previously known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, The BBRF is a private, not-for-profit public charity 501(C)(3) organized for the purpose of raising funds for scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments and prevention of severe psychiatric brain and behavior disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression.
Its fund-raising and grant-making efforts are led by a Board of Directors with help from a variety of committees, volunteers, staff, and thousands of donors.
The organization has expanded its research efforts to include a multitude of brain disorders including bipolar, OCD, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders and more.
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Mental Health America
“Mental Health America is celebrating 100 years of advocacy, public education, and support for Americans with mental health conditions. Over the past century, we have transformed our nation’s approach to mental health by working to create a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.”
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The Clearinghouse
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse. A source of information on empowerment as a mental health consumer. An invaluable guide to making your way through the mental health care system.
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PubMed
"A service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources."
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SAMHSA
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
For individuals with "dual diagnoses" -- mental illness and substance abuse.
“Building resilience... Facilitating recovery... A life in the community for everyone”

“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.”

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A Voice of Hope from Katie Ayotte - Seriously More Interesting
“Where I live someone who is S.M.I. means that they have a serious mental illness. As a person who is S.M.I., I like to think of it as Seriously More Interesting.”
“I want people to know that you can have a serious mental illness, feel suicidal and still have a life and dreams and hope.”
Please visit Katie’s inspirational blog which gives us all hope. Keep fighting the good fight!


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