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Out of the (suicide) closet
Many of you know that like Stacy Freedenthal, she seems to be able to relate to what a lot of us have gone / are going through.  

I think her most recent blog entry explains why many of us she's had to deal with her own devil and being a psychiatrist that's put her into some odd situations.  She comments on the why and the reaction of her peers in that blog entry.
We live by each other and for each other. Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.
-- Helen Keller
Her posts are immensely powerful. This one truly encompasses the reason for secrecy. I read her article yesterday but failed to look at the name. It's honestly one of the things that angers me; the people who supposedly care (ie doctors, therapists, nurses, etc) will judge you immensely for having mental health problems. And once you have that on your record, the stigma follows you around. At least, that has been my experience in my institution. Also, it's sad-- I work with psychiatrists in my research lab, and I do get the feeling that if they knew, I would likely be judged. I get that impression from hearing them talk about patients. Although, my PI was talking in our last meeting about how so much money is being put into research to prevent suicides, yet the number of suicides has increased. In a sense, we're failing as researchers.

Thanks for sharing, Dragon.
“The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” Friedrich Nietzsche

This, too, shall pass.


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