Mental Disability: From Burden to Badass

My body was a coffin after the onset of Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures*, a mental condition, in 2010. It was a living breathing container for a dead person walking. Consciousness came with unending electric pain zapping through my limbs, back, head and left me exhausted and unable to do the basics of life — like get…

Chaos & The Quiet

By Eve Hinson, QuirkyBirdWords.com & #TheReal5150 I stand here barefoot on carpet, the fiber of comfort and home pressed into my soles. My roommate, The Quiet, stands with me. We watch branches and leaves swing through a wet window. The Quiet doesn’t echo the cacophony in my mind. Instead it’s a friend and wraps me…

#TheReal5150: Change Starts With Demolishing Stigma

    My stay in 2012 at Community Behavioral Health Center was not like the ones described here. Thankfully, I was able to be stabilized for suicide compulsion and got the Band Aid needed for that crisis. Many of my peers have stories that aren’t so positive .(Note: this is a general statement not directed…

What does recovery look like from mental illness?

What does recovery look like from mental illness? First, there’s no cure for mental illness and no remission. Also, there’s no recovered — but there is recovery. It’s an active moment-by-moment effort with lots of supports, services and perhaps medication. There will be regression, relapse and the possibility of a future psychotic break and starting…

#NOMORE: I’m A Survivor

Silent ‪#‎NOMORE‬: Wow, incredible campaign to help break the stigma. I share about my challenges with mental illness and experiences with PTSD and Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures, but I rarely share about the trauma that caused them. Actually, probably never outside a select group of folks know about the why, and not much with even them…

The Answer to “Why?” About Suicide is Mental Illness

Zelda Talks About Her Dad In Rolling Stone : Lots of love to this girl. Lots of love to her dad. Lots of love to everyone touched by this talented man. (Robin Williams’ Daughter: ‘There’s No Point Questioning’ Suicide) This is Eve here … It has been my experience that Robin’s passing has opened many…

Video: Eve’s Story of Mental Illness and Recovery

My journey with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Inspired by the Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. More of my journey, and those of others, can be found at quirkybirdwords.wordpress.com. Note: Something is up with the format and sound. Will try for a better rendered version soon.

What Do Seizures Look Like When Caused By Mental Trauma?

Back in 2012, I believe that’s when this video was taken, I wanted to see what others saw when I had my tics, tremors, face pulls and uncontrolled body movements cause by Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures. Though I wanted to see what others saw, I did it in a format that was easier for me to…

What Are The Rights of the Mentally Ill?

[Facebook comment [[9.10.14]] prompted by this story: Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment] The Mental Health Movement has made progress, but there’s so much further to go. I have a mental illness and I have rights. The same Bill of Rights apply equally to all of us. Patient rights, well, I didn’t realize I…