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Re: how do YOU handle the mental illness question?

Posted by trouble on June 24, 2002, at 3:40:04

In reply to how do YOU handle the mental illness question?, posted by terra miller on May 23, 2002, at 9:44:23

> When someone asks you if you have a "mental illness," does your stomach start to get into knots? Do you just want to say, "No"? To qualify it doesn't seem to do anything but "prove" to them that you're trying to hide something (like stigma, maybe?!.... sometimes I'm just not up to reeducating the general population about stigma, you know.)
> I don't feel "mentally ill." (I'm not even sure what that is interpreted as in our society anymore. I don't think many take it at face value as "having a brain that needs a little extra help right now.")
> Just wondered if any of you have had to ponder how to answer that question when/if it comes up?
> ugh.

Who's asking you if you're mentally ill and why?





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