Sarah Fader

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About Sarah Fader

Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York.

I didn’t want to believe that I was depressed

When I came to Oregon, I was in denial about my depression, well somewhat. I had just moved to the Portland area and I was nervous. It was the first time that I’d been on my own. It was the first time that I was able to actually express my independence […]

By | 2018-01-03T18:42:39+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fighting For People You Love

I am someone who fights against injustices. When I see something that I feel isn’t right, I will fight against it, whether it’s racism, misogyny, homophobia, antisemitism, or any sort of discrimination. I’m not only a fighter when it comes to discrimination, I also fight for the relationships in my life. When I make friends […]

By | 2017-12-31T19:41:50+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Labels Are For Cereal Boxes

What does it mean to have a mental illness? Maybe nothing. It’s like asking “what does it mean to have a computer?” Uh…I don’t know I just have one. It’s not like I bought mental illness from the store. It was given to me by genetics and neurochemistry. I’m not sure what it “means” […]

By | 2017-12-29T08:12:14+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I don’t know what to do for you and I feel bad

There are times that I want to help someone, but I feel like I’ve exhausted all the emotional resources I have and I don’t know what to do for them. This makes me feel bad because I don’t want to see anyone hurt or suffering. If there’s any way that I can help someone […]

By | 2017-12-27T08:55:18+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How it feels to come out of depression

Coming out of a depressed episode feels amazing and exhilarating. Think about when you have a bad cold or even strep throat. You felt lousy for such a long time and all of a sudden when your infection clears it’s like you’re a totally different human being. You got used to feeling sick and that […]

By | 2017-12-26T07:23:36+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Don’t Want to Go to CODA Because I’ll Make Friends

Having an issue with codependency sucks. It’s hard to break that pattern when you are used to that dynamic. There are meetings for people with codependency issues. They are called Codependents Anonymous or CODA; think AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Any addiction has meetings to support the addicts. People, for the most part, have […]

By | 2017-12-24T22:03:01+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments