- May 31, 2014at 5:00 pm
There is a demographic still relatively left in the dark in a world where the fight against racism and sexism has become embedded into popular culture. While there are still "ableism" and the Convention on the Rights of Disabled Peoples, the people who are left are those whose medical conditions may not usually be associated with disability, but which still harbor social and emotional consequences.
I was born with a mostly aesthetically and socially harmful condition, atopic dermatitis. Although I cannot and should not be classified as traditionally disabled, growing up, the scaly and glaringly red patches of my skin separated me socially. And for ten years, I believed the stares and whispers that surrounded me. I believed I was something less.
And so in celebration of the Mentally Ill Month of May, let's start this conversation. As in the video, "if life is like this for people with skin deep conditions, what is life like for those with more serious mental and physical conditions?"