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10 Jun, 4 tweets, 1 min read
I’m trying to gently teach someone who believes you manifest mental illness by not dealing with your emotions that that rhetoric is harmful and why. Can anyone point to good resources or can you say below why this rhetoric is hurtful? Thank you.
I was going to recommend Psychiatric Hegemony by Cohen but I think the book is like $100. Lol
I’ve already pointed out the environmental factors like poverty and oppression and particularly intersectional oppression exacerbate mental illness. Essentially, this rhetoric is deeply white, cis, straight, and nondisabled and especially harms marginalized people.
Also, just to be clear — she believes she manifests her own mental illness too. She’s using her example and limited critique of her experience to make generalized statements about others. She thinks she and others can just prevent it if only they deal with their emotions.

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