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Nathan Letourneau
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Abnormal Psychology
Reflection Paper #1: Stigma Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, these are all extraordinary men that played a major role in history, but what most people don’t seem to know about many of these men, is that they all lived with a mental illness. These men that people would call “Abnormal” for their mental illness today, all set an example and showed that people with mental illnesses can accomplish just as much and even more than let’s say “normal” people. Yet there is still a stigma today were people think that people with mental illnesses are weak minded or even dangerous. The fact of the matter is, that people living with a mental illness are no more violent then someone without one, and are often the victims of a crime. There have been so many people in the world that have done so many great things and have even learned to control their illness. Someone close to me in my life battled bulimia for over a year, and I shared the same house as them yet still had no idea, that she had this mental illness! We started noticing how thin she was getting, but didn’t really think very much of it until one day we found out what she was doing. I didn’t know what to think and I would never have guessed that I was living with someone with this problem. We tried for months and worked together to help her get through it but she always seemed to go back to doing it, when we thought she was fine again. It didn’t take until she was going to have a baby, that finally realized what she was doing had to stop. This made me wonder how many people I interacted in a day could be living with a mental illness and just need some help, or someone to talk to. Being a medic in the army, I have ran into many people with illness, but the one that I thought was the most serious was the people I knew with PTSD.…...

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