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Arjuna Nagendran


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What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?

What things make you fearful of mental health disorders? And what experiences have made you more comfortable with it?

In the quest to dispell stigma, how can we help our society grow out of its fear?


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  • Oct 15 2012: Doing a workshop for adults with mental health issues, some of whom were professors & lecturers in very senior positions, prior to the breakdown of their mental well-being, some, because of disillusionment with their work/life & then the other side of this problem, people who hadn't been so, societally deemed, "Successful", drug addicts & elderly folks who'd just not had a particularly easy life & the recognition that, a lil' time spent delving into what fuelled their thinking, proved how sane & caring, some of them were.

    Medication aside, one has to wonder, when looking at the "Apparently Sane", workers & people of the world, who indulge in so many falsehoods & fallacies to keep their, "Little version of Normality", going, who the people are who have REAL Mental disorders ....

    It has been said on numerous occasions before, but, in this day & age, the person who spends their life behind a computer screen, claiming to connect with people, defines sanity ... ???

    As opposed to the individual who literally, could no longer cope with the nonsense that humanity now embraces as being civilized ....

    Denial, like cocaine ... is a hell of a drug !!!!!

    But ... Mental health issues are not something people should be so uncomfortable with as they seem to be, but, I guess, those who can't deal, invariably, see a piece of themselves & that's what's so difficult for them to deal with ....

    My workshop experience didn't make me more comfortable, but, it made me less disparaging of those who suffer.

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