I walked into class today excited to start our new course.
This course is what I live for since mental illness effects me personally. I have done countless amounts of research on the subject, different illnesses, coping strategies, etc. I knew this course would be a cakewalk. What I didn’t know was the ignorance of my classmates & even my professor would trigger me into depressive state for the remainder of class.
“Those who have mental illness aren’t allowed to be licensed nurses or hold any other professional license. Public safety is #1 and you can put patients at risk under the care of someone who is mentally ill”
I sat there in shock. I couldn’t believe the misinformation that just came out of my professor mouth.
To add insult to injury a student blurted out…
“That’s good, I wouldn’t want a crazy person taking care of me, they might kill me!”
The majority of the class laughed and agreed. I sat there holding back tears of anger, sadness, and disbelief seeing first hand how the world views me.
A disabled killer.
How ironic, the class that I was ready to actively participate in has pushed me into complete silence.