No More Silence - Say What You Need To Say

This is my theme song. A very simple one I believe in. I don’t think it will ever change.

DP/DR In The News - Super New Yorker article!

This is fantastic news! The New Yorker has a wonderful in-depth article on HPPD from rec-drugs, and a description of Depersonalization and Derealization. My goodness, I want to win the lottery to start a DP Non-Profit. Pleases, “Say what you need to say.” There is NO shame. Whether this was rec-drug induced or not!

The New Yorker Magazine
May 17, 2013
A Trip That Doesn’t End
by Dorian Rolston

A chronic and debilitating condition, H.P.P.D. warps the perceptual faculties: the external senses are marred by a constellation of mostly visual distortions, while the internal ones are paralyzed by a concoction of dissociative symptoms, panic attacks, and depression. The doors of perception are not so much cleansed, as Aldous Huxley famously found after his first experience on mescaline, as they are cracked open and left askew.

H.P.P.D. does not generate hallucinations, technically speaking. Sufferers can appreciate that their perceptual aberrations are unreal—that their surroundings only appear blurred by afterimages (palinopsia) and trails (akinetopsia); shimmered by sparkles and flashed by bright bolts of light; interrupted by transparent blobs of color floating around; electrified by visual snow; magnified or shrunk by “Alice-in-Wonderland” symptoms; adorned by halos around objects, around people’s heads. The pseudo-hallucinations are ultimately unconvincing, if deeply unsettling.

Eventually, a sense of permanent unreality casts a pall over the acid-fuelled dreamscape, and sufferers disassociate—from the world, due to derealization, and from themselves, due to depersonalization. At a recent Society of Biological Psychiatry conference, Dr. Abraham presented findings, later published in the S.B.P. 2012 supplement, that suggest up to sixty-five per cent of H.P.P.D patients chronically endure panic attacks, and fifty per cent, major depression. Some patients feel their only relief is suicide.

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Bring Change 2 Mind - New PSA To Help End Stigma

Need I say more? We should not be afraid of individuals with a mental illness. But we still are, in the year 2013. I can barely fathom it.

Why Do I Talk So Openly? - I Have To

As Simi Lichtman, (Associate Editor, New Voices Magazine) so eloquently states:

Mental Health Patients: Ending Stigma Must Come From Us

"I don't think everyone needs to publicize their disorders; I believe that many people need their privacy for reasons other than fear of stigmatization. But to hide it completely is to give in to the stigma and encourage its continuation. We need to be honest about our conditions with ourselves and others if we want others to stop judging us. Once we as patients are able to speak about our illnesses candidly, we can place the pressure on the rest of the world to accept us openly; until then, we cannot expect more of others than we are willing to offer ourselves."

We really have no choice, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. To read the full article in the Huffington Post, CLICK HERE. <-------------

Raising Funds for Active Minds - 10 Year Anniversary! Save a Student's Life/Save a Student's Future

Click Here ---> Sandy Gale For Active Minds, 2003-2013
Please donate ANY AMOUNT over a secure connection, and you are welcome to give an anonymous gift. You may also make a donation in honor, in memorium, et al. Thank you!
“Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in our communities by raising awareness about mental health while providing leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.
Since 2003, Active Minds programming and services have reached an estimated 6.54 million people.” For more information, please visit Active Minds

And meet some members of “The Heard” -- Key Public Speakers for Minding Your Mind -- an offshoot of Active Minds. Key speakers are Jordan Burnham and Melissa Hopely. These young people give me great hope for the future. I am proud of each and every one of them!

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month - Spread The Word

Know Science, No Stigma