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Why I No Longer Identify With Mental 'Illness'

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I’ve been “mentally ill” for my entire life. I was raised in an abusive environment and developed maladaptive survival skills from the day I was born.

I felt separate from my peers immediately once we were introduced. I felt broken and irreparable all through elementary school.

By middle school, I was convinced I was something else, made of something different than all the people around me. Anytime I made an attempt to express this separate-ness, this broken-ness, I was met with confusion, prayers and platitudes.

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