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Amy Bleuel, Founder of Project Semicolon, Passes Away at 31

Amy Bleuel, known in the mental health community as the person behind the popular semicolon tattoo, passed away on Thursday, March 23 at the age of …

21 Nervous Habits of People With Social Anxiety

Nail biting. Foot tapping. Hair twirling. These small signs of nervousness may sound familiar for someone who has social anxiety. But social anxiety …

Depression and What It Means to Feel Exhausted All the Time

I am exhausted.<p>I am exhausted of constantly contemplating the correct way to phrase my feelings so that you might understand. I am exhausted of …

When I Realized I Could Have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

I knew my birth mom drank. I knew she may have been drunk when she gave birth to me. I always assumed she did not drink that much, and she didn’t …

The One Truth I've Learned as the Dad of a Daughter With Down Syndrome

On an especially chilly winter morning several years ago, my daughter, Jillian Daugherty, boarded the 3X bus for work and took her customary seat …

When I Got So Used to Feeling 'a Bit Sick' I Didn't Realize How Sick I Was

“You look great!”<p>Um, thanks.<p>I have been in the hospital a number of times before due to Crohn’s disease flare-ups over the past 18 years. Sometimes I …

Clothing Company Hires People With Disabilities and Then Sends Them on Awesome Vacations

Toad&Co is an outdoor clothing retailer with a mission as cool as its clothes. In addition to promoting environmental protections and sustainability, …

Why Stimming Is Not a Bad Thing

Stimming is OK — it is not a bad thing. Stimming can help an Autistic person self-regulate, reduce anxiety, and express themselves.<p>Self-injurious …

When Your Mental Illness Makes You Feel Like You're 'Too Much' for Your Friends

There is a famous quote, or maybe it’s just super over-pinned on Pinterest, that says: “You will be ‘too much’ for some people. Too loud, too soft. …

These Before and After Photos Show How Difficult Living With Depression Can Be

Depression can make it difficult to do everyday tasks, like taking care of oneself or even getting out of bed, as these before and after photos of …

Mental Health on The Mighty

When a Boy Got Out of His Seat During an Autism-Friendly Performance of ‘The Lion King’

Growing up, I was a <i>huge</i> fan of “The Lion King.” Now as an adult, I still love watching the film with my younger cousins and mentees. Then recently, I …

21 Tattoos People Got After Surviving a Suicide Attempt

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can</i> …

What I Remind Myself When I Compare Another Cancer Journey to Mine

When people tell you that cancer touches everybody – it is true. Every family, every neighbor, and every friend has been affected in some way by …

5 Things I Wish Strangers Could See About My Daughter With Disabilities

There are many things about my adult daughter that I wish strangers could see. I wish people would look past her disabilities, past the wheelchair …

How a Teacher's Selflessness May Help Find a Cure for My Daughter's Rare Condition

I’ll never forget that day in September 2014. I was at my daughter’s school anxiously spying on her through a little glass window into her …

This Popular Video Game Character Is on the Autism Spectrum

In a letter to a fan, Overwatch game director Jeffrey Kaplan confirmed that Symmetra, a character in the popular first-person shooter video game, is …

Why We Need Bigger Diaper Sizes in Supermarkets

When you have a baby, one of the many things you don’t expect to use indefinitely is diapers. You look into the not-so-distance future and envisage …

To Donald Trump, From the Mother of a Child With Down Syndrome

Dear President-Elect Donald Trump,<p>I am writing this letter to you today to explain why I have been crying in the months after learning you were going …

The Friendships That Fade When You're Chronically Sick

Living with chronic back pain has been a challenge to say the least. Then finding out I was extremely exhausted and my body physically ached and hurt …

Why You Shouldn't Touch Someone's Wheelchair Without Permission

You wouldn’t grab a person’s walking stick…<p>You wouldn’t take a person’s cane from them…<p>So why do so many able-bodied people think it’s fine to move a …

To the 'Cool Guy' on the Plane Who Realized My Son Has Autism

We arrive at Burlington Airport.<p>At this point in my son’s life, “The Cat in the Hat” is everything to him. He has the book, the movie, the t-shirt. …

When You're 'Too Functional' to Have Your Mental Illness Taken Seriously

I’ve read countless articles, many on The Mighty, about the struggle of having an invisible illness and the way other people judge the “validity” of …

25 People With Down Syndrome Show Off Their Individuality

Oftentimes, people think Down syndrome has one “look.” While many people with Down syndrome share characteristics, we know every person is an …

Why This Meme Is So Wrong About Antidepressants

A family member recently shared this meme on Facebook. It depicts a nature scene, captioned “this is an antidepressant,” above a photo of pills …

My House Is a Mess Because I'm in Pain, and That's OK

Reality check: my house isn’t featured in those design magazines.<p>And unfortunately, I don’t think it ever will be. I would love for it to be one of …

Why Parents of Kids With Disabilities Are Concerned About Betsy DeVos

I, like many other parents across the country, was truly disappointed to see Betsy DeVos was confirmed yesterday as Education Secretary. As a special …

What I Liked (and Didn't Like) About My ABA Experience

I’m 23 years old and I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. During this time, I spoke in my own language, I had a lot of extreme behaviors, and …

What It's Like When Anxiety Tells You Everyone Is Going to Leave You

I’m afraid of the people I love in my life leaving me. I suppose you could call that “abandonment issues” or whatever popular catch phrase you would …

How Gordon Ramsay Helped My Child With Food Allergies Conquer Her 'War With Food'

Food. It’s something we as a society enjoy. We center entire celebrations around it. Delicious delicacies dance on our taste buds as we laugh and …