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Re: Terror's emotional effects sar

Posted by Jane D on September 29, 2001, at 20:21:41

In reply to Re: Terror's emotional effects-Dinah, posted by sar on September 29, 2001, at 2:12:01


> the drugs have numbed me a bit.
>
> i just don't feel terrified because--i would love to be bombed. i'm deeply suicidal. i do not value my own life, so how much can i truly value the lives of others? really?
>
> i wouldn't mind dying by terrorist attack.
>
> i feel my suicidal frame of mind makes it more difficult for me to sympathize.


Sar - I've been wondering when someone would raise this. I didn't have the nerve to do it myself. Over time I've seen people here report being unable to care about friends, relatives, even spouses and get understanding because we all know this is part of the nature of the beast. Why shouldn't the same understanding apply to being unable to care for strangers? I also think fear is a large part of most peoples reactions right now. As soon as it happened I started doing a mental analysis of just how near I lived to any other likely targets (and just how likely they were) and I know I wasn't alone in this. We focus our energy on the things that are the biggest threat to us personally. Not wanting to live is probably a greater risk in your life than terrorist attack. It is in mine. It will also impair your life far more than the loss of privacy, increased security checks or falling economy that others fear will.

I wonder if this also ties in to the ongoing stigma attached to mental illness. The stigma on physical disabilities or illnesses* has been successfully attacked by repeating "Look, we're just like you. We value the same things - react the same way". The mentally ill can't always make that claim. How they react may be unpredictable and therefore legitimately frightening. Not people you want backing you up in a tight spot. Therefore stigmatized and shunned as a form of self defense.

Just talking out loud.

Jane

* I am using physical here to describe visible disabilites such as being unable to walk. Not causality.


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