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Stigma by SavvyRed Stigma by SavvyRed
Before I say anything, I want to say that this has NOTHING to do with abortion. I am pro-choice, NOT pro-life.

I'm not sure if a lot of people know this because I don't like to talk too deeply about my past, but I have had so many suicide attempts in the past that I've lost count. However, it has been more than a year since I last tried to kill myself, and now that medication and therapy have helped, I no longer feel suicidal, and I consider myself to be a happy person.

I used to be afraid to tell anyone outside the medical profession that I had mental illness. But things are different now. I am motivational speaker for NAMI (The National Alliance for Mental Illness), so I figured if I could tell people I've never met before about myself, I might as well do this now. I don't want to hide the fact that I have Schizoaffective Disorder and a history of suicide attempts (Schizoaffective Disorder is a combination of symptoms of schizophrenia combined with an affective disorder, meaning a type of depression. My type is major depression.) I'm glad don't have to hide that.

This also represents the fact that I don't want to hide the fact that I'm bisexual. Even though I am incredibly open about it now, there was a time I was in the closet and confused. Trust me, it wasn't fun. Now that I am out of the closet, I refuse to go back or deny who I really am. I think people respect my bisexuality more because I don't let anyone throw intentional insults at me about it.

I rarely put up any pictures of me on deviantART, but that is actual photo of me.
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Everlasting90 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. It is very brave of you to share a part of your life.
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.  I'm really glad to hear that. :D
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hermafrodite Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
im right there with you
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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afrolady114 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So simple, but so powerful. :) :hug:
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:

Lately, I've been feeling depressed, and it's really nice to hear some kind words.  I've been talking to nice people like you, and now I'm starting to feel better. :)
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afrolady114 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime mate! =)

Aww, I feel great knowing I helped someone feel loved today. ;u; :hug:
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Azure-fuurin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
This could also signify for the parents but the latter part could be for the child's decision.
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a cool idea.  I never thought of it that way!  Thanks!
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