Now I know my post is controversial in nature, but having known several people to whom this has happened and I myself being one of those people I felt it was worth posting. What I am talking about came out of knowing several people who’s diagnosis of mental illness was used as an excuse for either passing off as delusion what in fact had really happened. One of these people told me she’d been asleep one night when two older kids, a male and a female broke into her parents house, and basically took her with them against her will. Her parents vehemently denied that this ever happened and passed it off as delusion…this a woman suffering from OCD and pervasive developmental disorder, not schizophrenia.
Another who shared her story was a woman I lived with briefly who confided in me something I thought I was alone in experiencing, anyway she often told me that her illness (Bi Polar) was often used to discredit her experiences, she’d say to me that they’d say “No, D you must have imagined that.”
I myself have experienced this, many, many times over. Memories of my life discredited as delusions, even when my mother was drawing up papers to have me committed to the state hospital even after the doctor told me point blank what she was doing and let me check out and take off she denied it for the next six months saying I must have imagined the doctor saying this and that she’d never do such a thing.
Just thought I’d post this as when I for the first time met other people who’d been diagnosed with mental illness this is what I’d come across, some won, some, like I, lost, some died by their own hand, and some still languish and struggle to the best of their abilities.