Do you want to:
Choose recovery over helplessness?
Take control of your future with your head held high?
Seek strategies to effectively handle public perception and stigma?
You don’t have to succumb to the shame and stigma around your disability. Know that you can overcome these challenges and come through the darkness into the light that definitely lies beyond.
I know this because I have.
Completely defeated prior to my own recovery, I chose life and rose like a phoenix out of the ashes. Now living a very healthy and full life that I have built with a lot of help from wonderful people that I’ve chosen to be in my life. I want to share my hope. If you are in the sweet spot of acceptance then I believe you will find this information to make a positive difference in your road of recovery.
Stigma according to Dictionary.com means “a mark of disgrace, a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.” Unfortunately, this comes in two varieties: Self-stigma and public perception. The one thing you always have to remember about recovery: You have no control over anyone else’s perceptions or thoughts, but you do have control over your own mind and your own recovery.
Your job will be to move through your challenges and rise above them to create the spectacular life that awaits you. That is what this website is all about. I hope you find what you came for and reach out for the resources provided. Let me know how I can help you through your journey.
First, let’s explore some psychiatric disabilities that are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5).