Amazingly well written; hits on several important points.
Lets get this out of the way right now: I have mental illness.
I was in therapy at ten because I was lonely, frightened, depressed, and didn’t like the company of others. Well, there were a few reasons leading to that, but part of my problem is that I was bi-polar. My therapist then was starting to get to the root of things, then my parents pulled me out of there because, one, they didn’t see improvements, and two, they thought the woman who was working with me was putting “strange ideas” in my head.
Let me tell you, she didn’t have to: there were plenty of strange ideas there already.
I had friends when I was in school, but not a lot. I started smoking pot in 1972, and drinking a couple of years later. These days the behavior is called “self medication”; back then it was just getting high…
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