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Monday question: Crazy, man

Posted by Robin Abrahams  July 18, 2011 05:46 AM

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Short and snappy, but not simple: 

 As a mental illness survivor, I'm often bothered by psychiatric slurs ('whackjob' 'nutbag', etc) in conversations with people who usually don't know about my psychiatric history. How do you suggest I deal with it (in ways that do and/or don't involve "coming out" as a former mental patient?)

What do you think? I'll post my comments on Friday. And come on back Wednesday for a chat!
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