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Rewriting the Stigma of Mental Illness | Paige Freeman | TEDxYouth@SAS

Although sometimes not apparent, mental disorders are more common than we think. As a person struggling with multiple mental disorders, Paige Freeman vividly illustrates the consequences they have on everyday life, the stigmas society places on mental illness, and speaks out about her own experience for the first time.

Paige moved from Brooklyn to Singapore in 2006, where she has attended the Singapore American School for the past nine years. She has not yet uncovered her ultimate goal in life, and is just fine with that. However, she does have some problems she’d like to fix along the way. She enjoys writing, making art, and singing — in 2013, she sang a solo at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Paige is partial to rainy afternoons and listening to good music.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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  1. I have major depression, anxiety, ADHD, and unofficially BPD.

  2. What an amazing young lady and a brilliant talk. There really are some amazing talks regarding mental health on here and this is one of the best.

    Paige? If you happen to read this?


    Big hugs, kisses and kudos to you and I wish you nothing but the best 🙂 <3

    *signed – A Depression warrior and suicidal conqueror

  3. Mentally ill people are special and deserve love and care. I thank God for doctors therapists and medicine. I also thank God for my family for being there for me.

  4. I love this one. Thank you.

  5. Hi Paige! I am trying so hard to ask permission to display this Ted talk at the opening of our first edition of the Mental Festival in Lisbon. May you help us? I was so inspired from this. Want to share with everyone. The thing is I get no answer from TED TALK.

  6. Is There Any Way I Can Contact Paige? I Would Love To Discuss With Her, As We Are Very Similar. Love You Paige! Such An Important Message.

  7. I love the way she can't control her head movements or just general movements its endearing.

  8. What a brilliant smart and beautiful person Paige is. I really appreciated her words and her bright and smiley face has made my day and brought light into my day despite me feeling dark inside. Thank You Paige

  9. If she one day don´t have the energy to come out of bed, then she should consider moving to my bed. It certainly is warm, safe and generally is a nice place to "energy-recharge"…… 😉

  10. She really understands how to act that evil, prejudicial teacher/boss/authority-personality that destroys people´s lives with narrowmindedness and total lack of understanding or tolerance, but only want people to be in one specific way all the time….

  11. Damn I can´t even help myself thinking that that thing on her teeth doesn´t even make her look unattractive or unsexy. Would someone tell her, that if she hungers for love and attention, then just call me…. 😉

  12. I didn´t take any notice about that shirt either. Just thought damn she´s hot and appears nice too, but I think she´s a bit tired of having to explain everything about herself. She must have suffered under a lot of prejudice and mockery. If it was me I just wanted to make love to her because of the irrational and crazy feeling her appearance awakens in me… 😉

  13. Good talk Paige. I think all the posted comments show that.

  14. To reach an even greater awareness of mental illness & mental wholeness, I highly recommend reading the writings of Dr. Gabor Maté
    (or via youtube)

  15. Honestly, I didn't care about that shirt much, I just thought it must be her style.

  16. Why are you wearing that yellow star?

  17. A co-worker of mine used to torment a customer with schizophrenia by following them around the store. I hid my illness at the time. I watched in horror and in fear faking a smile. I am disgusted with him and myself. People love to toy with people with mental illness. Therer should be a movie like "Boys Don't Cry" for those with metal illness. A lot of us are in the closet with our illnesses. Watching the hate crime one wonders why.

  18. "Discrimination" not "stigma". Please bigotry hurts, call it what it is!

  19. hi Paige your story and message is so inspiring and touching.Thank-you so much for sharing your story and giving me hope that I am not alone. I have been suffering from bipolar since I am fifteen , sixteen years old now I am almost 40. But for first five,six years I was misdiagnosed with depression and I suffered a lot that I can't explain how much was the pain. I am ok now with the medicine and feel less worry because of the inspiring videos like yours. But until now besides my family nobody knows about my disorder. Being a sufferers myself sometimes I feel guilty hiding my disorder for so many years when i she the video like yours. I am very thankful to the peoples like you for giving us hope not to give up.I wish you a very happy and healthy future take care.🙏👏

  20. Incredible. So much insight and strength.

  21. Thank you, Thank you and Thank you! Your words and passion came through and I wanted to hear more.

  22. Preach Paige ! Nice job !

  23. This was amazing!  I hope people watch, listen, and understand.

  24. This is phenomenal. I, too, have lived with anxiety, OCD and more since I was a little girl. If one person watching this video understands that they are not alone, they are not shameful and they can explore help for themselves, Paige has broken down a cruel wall. Thank you.

  25. First.

    Jk I LOVE THIS TED TALK. I'm writing this as Paige sits across from me. She's da bomb. And also my abuela. And I was with her before the talk and I'm proud to be her friend. Yay. 💗💗💗

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