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Mental Illness and Romantic Rejection

“I just don’t think I could handle that kind of rejection.” – George McFly

When you’re a little obsessed with your own mistakes, and you can replay every stupid thing you’ve ever said in your head, dozens or hundreds of times, until you become the biggest idiot in the world and can prove it mathematically, you tend to take some things a little harshly. Romantic rejection isn’t easy for anyone, but experiencing it with a healthy dose of depression and obsession is a whole lot less fun.

A Face of Courage

In honor of Schizophrenia Awareness Day, QueerMentalHealth.org is going purple for the day. Thanks, Coda, for reminding us why this day is so important.

“I was schizophrenic, but we’re okay now.”

How many of you have heard that ‘joke’ before? And how many of you know how misinformed that ‘joke’ is? I was on a bus a while back, and overheard some young people making ‘schizophrenia’ jokes, saying things like, “Oh, that was my other personality. I have schizophrenia.” Unfortunately, this misconception is all too common. This is why I will wear purple on May 24th.

Dear Ryan Murphy, We Don’t Need to Be Fixed: Glee and OCD

At first, I was very excited by the thought of a new character with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on TV, especially on a show as popular as Glee. Surely, this will turn out well, I thought. Not so much. Emma Pillsbury, guidance counselor at William McKinley High School, has pretty serious OCD. She is shown in one episode wearing gloves and cleaning each individual grape in her lunch, and there are several times at which it becomes clear that sex is impossible because of the OCD.