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When Holidays Mean Seeing Relatives Who Are Judgmental About Your Health Conditions

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Having an ongoing mental illness is hard. It can make a lot of people around me uncomfortable, and many people in my family don’t understand.

They still think if I voice that I’m having suicidal thoughts, I must just be seeking attention. Some of them don’t understand the reality of going through psychosis and ask, “Does she really believe that?” They may be willing to accept certain diagnoses, like OCD, but when it comes to more taboo diagnoses they choose ignorance because they don’t understand.

I have C-PTSD, but no one in my family is willing to take responsibility for their actions and assume my therapist is just placing another diagnosis on me.

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