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Entries by Arthur Gallant from 05/2012

It Was me or my Mom's Mental Illness -- One of us Had to Go

| Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgI was born to a mother who is intellectually disabled and has the mental capacity of a pre-teen. In the end, my mother chose to give up her parental rights and physical custody of me to the Children's Aid Society (CAS) when I was nine years old.

How I Knew I Was Living With Mental Illness

| Posted 05.10.2012 | Canada Living

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgWhile mental illness definitely can have physical symptoms, it's not visible like a broken bone or a deep cut, but I would argue the emotional pain is comparable. I live with anxiety and depression, two different mental illnesses, yet they both work hand in hand.

When Mental Illness and Work Don't Mix

| Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpg Would you ever hesitate to tell your boss the reason that you have a runny nose is because you have the flu? The obvious answer to that question is, no. Then why do we hesitate to talk to our employer about mental illness? My dream is that anybody living with mental illness can have the same dialogue with their employers that I currently enjoy.

Inside My Anxiety Attacks

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Living

For the past 16 hours I have been having an anxiety attack, my first in many months. I have been pacing around my apartment. I have been vocal with what its like to live with mental illness but a thought occurred to me earlier: Why not write a blog while I experience this anxiety attack inside of waiting until it's over and recollecting what it felt like?

Pushing Back Against Mental Health Stigma

| Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada Living

Recent statistics show that at least one in five of us will have some sort of mental illness over the course of our lifetime. My hope is that there can come a point when it won't matter that you live with mental illness. But until then the best way to reduce stigma is to talk and educate yourself. The more often we have a discussion, the more we learn.