Why are mental disorders often associated with creation? TEDx Talks In this emotional, video, Varun Gwalani relates a deeply personal tale about his struggle with OCD and how it has influenced his writing and life, and also about the insight those with mental disorders gain into their own minds.
The stigma of mental illness TEDx Talks In her TEDxUNC 2015 talk, Alyse Schacter, discusses her experience battling mental illness and exploring the different elements that she needed to pull together in order to overcome her illness and become strong enough to speak out against the stigma it holds. Alyse Schacter is a 22-year-old Health Sciences student at the University of Ottawa who has used her own experiences battling obsessive-compulsive disorder as a young child to speak out against the stigma of mental illness. Through speeches, training, and activism, she aims to increase conversation about mental illness and teach that mental illnesses are neither rare nor strange and that they can be overcome.