Stigma Isn’t Over

I still feel very angry and misunderstood. I know that piece has nothing to do with me, but at the same time, it has everything to do with me.

It’s strange. I actually saw a link to the article that this writer is talking about. It showed up in my Facebook feed as a related link to something else is clicked on.

I often fall victim to those links. I mean, I like to think I’m pretty smart when it comes to the internet, you know, being a web developer and all. The tech side of it and the cautiousness about where the links are taking me comes very naturally to me.

The actual written content on the other side of those links, however, is a different story. I have found myself triggered, just like this writer, by things I’ve read that I randomly find myself reading.

When I saw this link, I wanted to see what it was that this person thought was a blessing. I was very curious. Most of the time, that curiosity would get the better of me and I’d click it. For some reason, this time I didn’t. I don’t know why, but I scrolled past it. I kept thinking about it for a while, but I never went back to find it.

This morning, when I saw this in my feed, I was curious again, and quickly realized what article the writer was talking about. At first I was wishing I had clicked that link the other day so I would know what she was talking about it, but the further I got, the more I realized I was not meant to read that article. Especially since this writer did not link to it and she even mentioned it been taken down. It probably would have triggered me in much the same way, so I guess in glad I didn’t read it.

The good news is, the writer of this article did an excellent job expressing the problems with that article and how it proves that the signs still hasn’t gone away. People are still ignorant and judgmental about mental illness. We need to change that!

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