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  •  There's an ad running in my area. (8+ / 0-)

    "Are you afraid of someone you know has diabetes, because you think she will become violent?

    "Then why are you afraid of someone with a mental illness?"

    I have had a mental illness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. What it did to me was make me hyper-alert (the first few days after my roommate beat his wife in front of me, I couldn't sit with my back to movement, I kept turning around obsessively because I Had To See if it was him), fog my thought processes, and triggered a panic attack or two when I heard sudden loud noises out of nowhere.

    It also made me a bit worse because I found no data on bystander trauma causing mental illness, so I concluded (what seemed rationally at the time) that I "should be over it" by a few months after the incident in question.

    Therapy helps. People should be encouraged to get therapy. And it should be available and affordable. It isn't. It was for me, though. Thank all the Gods.

    Thank you for being courageous enough to admit to your disabilities.

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