"Stigmatization of people with mental disorders is manifested by bias, distrust, stereotyping, fear, embarrassment, anger, and/or avoidance. Stigma leads the (public) to avoid people with mental disorders. It reduces access to resources and leads to low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness. It deters the public from seeking, and wanting to pay for care. Stigma results in outright discrimination and abuse. More tragically, it deprives people of their dignity and interferes with their full participation in society." --U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher (ret.)
From "An Unquiet Mind" Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph. D.
“Manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviors, destroys the basis of rational thought, and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it; an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not infrequently, suicide.”
I have been writing since I was in 3rd grade, when I wrote a book of poems on loose leaf paper, tied it with pink ribbon, and gave it to my mother on her birthday. (I think the document still exists.) For more than two decades I had a successful career in non-profit public relations, until I was sidelined by illness. I mourned the loss of my career for a long time, until I was finally able to turn the kaleidoscope and see a colorful vista of new opportunities.
I love camping, white water rafting, digging in the dirt, and opportunities to spend time with some of the most intelligent and interesting people that cross my path.
I am a vocal advocate for mental health education and extremely outspoken about the stigma associated with mental disorders and illness. I am also a passionate believer in animal rescue, fostering, adopting, and spay-neutering.