Unwell and unashamed The stigma of mental illness is under attack by sufferers, who are coming out publicly and defiantly

For several years, she wrote about her bipolar disorder under a pseudonym. She described how she’d been hospitalized four times, twice since her first child was born. She explained how she went off her medication during both of her pregnancies and how each time — once as the mother of a newborn and then again weeks into her second pregnancy — she was escorted from her home in police handcuffs, defiant.

She blogged to connect and reach other mothers grappling with mental illness. Ultimately, however, she decided that hiding her identity was actually perpetuating the shame long associated with mental disorders.

So even as her parents urged her not to, Jennifer Marshall in 2013 typed her real name on a blog post, hit publish and waited for the reaction

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Sucks the only time we protest is when we are manic on the verge of going super sz due to lack of meds…the meds suck so i understand…alot of us feel like were being sedated to shut us up and make us complaint…we need a level headed spokesman or spokeswoman…these people make us look like jackasses…a cause must watch who it allows to speak for it…for fear of becoming a joke…