Mental Illness

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Why We Need To See More Representations Of Sexual Abuse, Mental Illness And Depression

One day in 2012, after graduating college, I watched and read Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've never related to a character like Charlie before. He was an introvert, he found it difficult to belong, to "participate". He was sexually abused, suicidal and good looking. After the initial "so relatable!" freak out and heartbreak, I realized how comforting the story was.
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The Disturbed Body And Mental Illness

A person with cancer will garner sympathy while someone with a so-called mental illness will most likely engender fear in others. Partly, this fear comes about because we perceive the mind as superior to the body. So, it's not hard to see why we fear illnesses that seem to be of the mind, not the body. But if there's one thing I learned while writing The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self, it's that this dichotomy between the body and the mind is false and misleading.