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Stigma and Shame

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I’ve done a lot of talking recently about the stigma behind mental illness. It’s (relatively) common knowledge that I voluntarily went to McLean Hospital for a brief inpatient stay after losing my job and am now in a two-week partial hospital program involving intensive dialectical behaviour therapy. (The short version is that my doctor and I agreed that it would be a good idea to be able to get onto a good path to be able to appropriately cope with the high levels of stress.)

My parents were naturally a bit concerned that I was so open about my battle against my own brain — the stigma is still horrific — and while we’ve certainly made strides in accepting people who struggle with mental illness, we are far from “there yet”. My father gently cautioned me and said it has the potential to come back and bite me later on…

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