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Arjuna Nagendran


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What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?

What things make you fearful of mental health disorders? And what experiences have made you more comfortable with it?

In the quest to dispell stigma, how can we help our society grow out of its fear?


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  • Oct 18 2012: I think Brene Brown makes some really valid comments in her shame Ted presentation and if those who have not seen her vulnerablity presentation see that first.

    I bring this up because there is such shame within individuals who have mental illness, such as Ruby Wax stated there was no sympathy when there is a problem with the brain, no cards, no flowers just a few phone calls to "perk up"
    • Nov 5 2012: I watched and thoroughly related to both presentations. My wife and son both deal with adult ADHD and are simply wired differently than me. While this has led to some conflict, I on the other hand, have MS and occasionally severe depression. So we are quite a crew...their brains going 400 miles an hour with their hair on fire, five directions per channel, and I with my mono-channel single receiver brain trying to keep up. It's a house filled with genius and all sorts of differing ways of dealing with things. I finally was forced and got a man-cave, my own private little room with a small workbench and tools, a desk, and my computer, so I can escape the sensory overload of living with human tornadoes. But we are ALL different.. Not lesser in ability, just different in experience and modality of coping. Differing points of view have definite merit when utilized well. We may be slightly nuts but we are still viable humans with nothing to be or feel ashamed about. So our experience is different than the expectations of others...who made the lord high executioner in the first place? What makes them so unique that they are any better than any of the rest of us? NOTHING! Find your identity in YOU not the expectations of others. You are unique, they are NOT!

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