Category Archives: The Struggles

In any illness there are struggles that one faces. Things that are barriers to success. Things that cause disappointment. Posts here focus on Neil’s struggles with his illness and other struggles faced by those with mental illness.

Should we rename schizophrenia?

Over at Medical Daily, Stephanie Castillo has written an article about how some researchers want to rename the illness known as schizophrenia with the hope that it would lessen the stigma associated with it. It has an excellent discussion of … Continue reading

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They are not just words

There’s an interesting end of the year article that came across my feed from NBC news about the harm that’s caused by our colloquial use of mental health terms to describe people in a pejorative fashion for abnormal behaviour. It’s … Continue reading

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Mental Illness 20 years ago

Babylon 5 series creator discusses dealing with mental illness of main cast member Michael O’Hare Those that know me know I am more than a bit of a Sci-fi geek. One of my favourite shows even today is the five … Continue reading

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The (Sometimes) Hidden Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

I saw this article in the Huffington Post a while ago and have been meaning to post it. Chelsea Stephens does a wonderful job at exposing stigma and documenting what I view is the (sometimes) hidden strength of people succeeding … Continue reading

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Double Standards regarding Celebrity Culture and Mental Illness

It has been a busy time at work for me. I’ve had a lot on my plate socially as well. This story in Maclean’s by Emma Teitel was trending in social media a few days ago. A family member brought … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia suffering not limited to those with the illness

Schizophrenia is a hard illness to deal with. With that understatement out of the way, I’ll double down on it with “and it can be very hard on families, friends and caregivers.” My battles with my illness have not been … Continue reading

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Stigma affects family and friends too…

It’s been a long day at work and a busy month for me with my new job. However, something came across my feed that I felt I needed to share. From CTV News in Montreal, a story that highlights that … Continue reading

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Updatages

I have been a bit negligent in maintaining this site, although I had anticipated it due to the big move and the starting of the Ph.D. Unfortunately, that did not start well. It was a bit stressful to move and … Continue reading

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Breakdown: One Year Later

It was one year ago today (on the most holiest of days, Boxing Day) that I suffered my first and so far only relapse with schizophrenia. A complete mental breakdown is something we truly fear as a society, quite possibly … Continue reading

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Without hope, what’s the point of treatment.

There’s an article that crossed my desk from The Guardian in the UK. Some of it deals with problems specific to the United Kingdom and their recent austerity campaign. However, I wanted to zoom in on these paragraphs: The doctor … Continue reading

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