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Arjuna Nagendran

Doctor,

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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 21 2012: Oh yes ... we must remember to laugh! :O) Thanks Elizabeth for this and best to you.
    • Nov 5 2012: Laughter absolutely! Insane, maniacal gut wrenching, side splitting cheek-cramping guffaws all around! My mom has/had a mental illness that my father and she refused to tell us the diagnosis for. She eventually abandoned the entire family and has madeit very clear that she wants NOTHING ever to do with us again. That sucks but that was my mom. Brilliant self taught musician and artist, wired for sound. PTSD from childhood abuse? Major depressive disorder? Who knows? I have MS. Depression has been a life long companion. But I'm okay with it. bad days are bad but I try to concentrate on the good days and I strive to get people to smile and laugh because we really are ALL just a little nuts. Couldn't survive in this world without being so. Live with it, embrace it, run with it. Let the loonies on the grass! We at least know how to have fun without putting on aires. We've been in the shit and know it and are getting through it. The High-lifes don't know what they are missing.
      • Nov 5 2012: Skipping with you out on the grass Michael!

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