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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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st_ranger From: st_ranger Date: February 24th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow, thank you so much for sharing her letter! It was so poignant for me, as someone who has spent years in mental hospitals myself. The sad/funny thing is that not much has really changed from 1948 to 2010:
The patients are still warehoused, their diseases are barely understood if at all and treated with experimental processes (like the electro-convulsive therapy that gave me 2 years of amnesia), and they (we) are stigmatized for life not just by strangers but by our own families. Once we actually get out of the hospital and try to re-acclimate to "real life" we're denigrated as leeches because we can't make a living in regular society. Yep, 60 years but it's the same story.
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