WOWEE…check out the Dear Mental Health Professional Hashtag on twitter today. Here is a taste. These are not isolated experiences, now, are they? There are hundreds of more tweets just like these!
See also my writing on the chasm between professionals and “patients” I’ve sat on both sides of the proverbial couch and have seen some pretty uncomfortable stuff. I do my best to expose it. I want to thank all the tweeters doing the same today.
There are grateful tweets mixed in the sad and painful and angry ones too. What is horrifying is the sheer volume of re-traumatizing experiences people share.
#DearMentalHealthProfessionals I’m a complex unique individual, not a text book hypothesis. Please treat me with dignity & respect
— Girl Interrupted (@Girl_Interrupt_) August 10, 2013
#DearMentalHealthProfessionals Don’t treat me as you would treat a child I’m an educated adult, can’t we just talk?
— ♡ Little Fruitloop ♡ (@Glass1ncision) August 10, 2013
— J (@nobody_knows) August 10, 2013
#DearMentalHealthProfessionals i’m sure there are amazing professionals out there, i just haven’t met them.
— Nadia (@Nadiabegum96) August 11, 2013
#DearMentalHealthProfessionals if you need to use uppers & downers in your own life, you’re not qualified to help others # YouKnowWhoYouAre
— Little Bear (@IamMissBear) August 11, 2013