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How Ableism Affects the Mental Health of Disabled People

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The conversation surrounding mental health is awash in buzzy phrases like “self-care” and “burnout,” discussions about anxiety and depression and personal stories about taking psychiatric medication.

But while the past decade has seen people from all walks of life open up about their struggles with mental health, the effects of ableism on disabled people’s mental health has received comparatively little attention.

We need to talk about how ableism affects the mental health of those in the disability community. Ableism is the systemic oppression of people with disabilities and includes a lack of access to public buildings, the media’s often-negative depictions of disabled bodies, disregarding invisible physical or mental symptoms and the

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