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Unread 11-01-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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I came across this quote today, and it exactly sums up my feelings:


“You finally decide to get help, and then you’re punished for it –pigeonholed into a diagnosis, shamed, labeled, and discriminated against for life.
The stigma can be worse than the illness.”
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stigma? It's those who stigmatise that are the problem.
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Boy, that says it all. After the shock of finding out I couldn't get health insurance this year; not because of my heart issue, not because of previous cancer history, but because I'm bipolar. I could not believe it. Talk about feeling ashamed and labeled. It still makes me angry.
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Very much agree. Somehow we have to change the stigma of mental health..... having a mental illness isn't something we need to be ashamed of, we usually have enough shame to deal with!
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Well, guess what. I haven't done an effing thing to anyone, and I have discovered exactly how ugly stigma can be. It has made me feel angry, upset, depressed, and a bit hopeless. Nothing is the same in my life, I went from responsible citizen who worked full time, home, career, family to some "mental defective" (the actual term used in Federal Code!) who is treated like dirt by some. Of course I still have the job, career, home, family though strained. But none of those things seem to matter - all they see is the crazy guy.

Not that I am bitter.

Makes me regret that I didn't shoot myself in the head when I had the chance.
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This the reason why I do not want to go to a psychiatrist. My health insurance is pushing my therapist by cutting my therapy sessions. They want me "officially" diagnosed and on medication. The therapist are suggesting medication because it makes their job easier.
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Mentally Defective? The Federal Government is classifying, everyone that uses the mental health system, as mentally defective? That's completely, awful!

Anyways, here's a link, I found. They aren't supposed to exclude people from insurance, over these various disorders.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/g...th-care-reform

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