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    A Psych Ward Psychiatrist Accused Me of "Faking It All"

    So, I just got home from yet another stay at the psych ward today, and as I looked at my discharge paperwork, I see this listed on my diagnoses: "Factitious disorder imposed on self, recurrent episode" and "factitious disorder imposed on another, recurrent episode," which is very confusing. I guess by "another" they must mean my mom, as she believes in me? I can't think of anyone else, as I don't really have anyone else, except my dad and my neighbor, who's my only friend.

    Anyways, that pisses me off, especially as it's listed alongside real diagnoses (bipolar type schizoaffective disorder, autism spectrum disorder, borderline personality disorder, and bulimia nervosa). But I'm trying to just shrug it off.

    My mom thinks she knows the psychiatrist who might've put those false diagnoses there. That particular psychiatrist basically asked my mom if I might be "faking it all".

    How am I "faking it all"???? I literally see what I see, I hear what I hear, I think what I think, I've been through what I've been through, and I do what I do because I'm hurting on the inside at the time. And "faking it all"?? Just because ECT and most meds don't work for me or need to be changed doses?? How am I "faking it all" when my heart rate was literally 147 and my EKG was abnormal (the first abnormal EKG I've ever had in my life) showing sinus tachycardia just from a panic attack?

    I only tell the truth when it comes to my mental and physical health. What's really confusing is the psychiatrist said to my mom that I still needed to stay in the psych ward at that time because I "still have mental illness". Okay, now how does that make any sense whatsoever? How can I "still have mental illness" yet be "faking it all"?

    **TW** I guess what I've been through doesn't matter. The repeated emotional abuse I witnessed from my dad towards my mom and the time where he raised his fist and almost hit my mom in front of me as a child must be fake memories. My sexual assault must be a fake memory. All those times where I had to use my "coping skills" as a child when my dad would go off on my mom for no particular reason by saying all the curse words I knew with an A at the end while hiding behind the couch must be fake memories. But she, the psychiatrist, doesn't know any of this. She doesn't know in the past. My childhood friend repeatedly holding me down and beating me up for no particular reason (seriously, I did nothing to piss him off ever, I swear) while I cried. She didn't care enough to get to know me that deeply.

    Yeah, all I can say is, this psychiatrist is the problem we have in the mental health system today. No one believes anyone until they end up dead I guess.

    #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder   #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder   #Autism   #AspergersSyndrome #MentalHealth

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    Christa Marie

    John Crist Makes First Instagram Since Abuse Allegations

    Last November, reports of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse surfaced against Christian comedian John Crist. In the wake of these allegations, Crist cancelled tour dates, the publication of his book was postponed and, after releasing a statement, he went entirely silent on all social media platforms for eight months. On Wednesday, he broke that silence, releasing a video on Instagram with a message for his fans. In this video, Crist thanked fans for their support of him as a person and referred to himself as, “the biggest hypocrite of them all.” He discussed what he had been doing for the past eight months, including spending four months in a treatment facility without access to his phone, and regularly referenced that he had needed to get his mental health in order. Still, through the entirety of the video, Crist made no mention of the women he had mistreated, nor the pain he caused them. View this post on Instagram A post shared by John Crist (@johnbcrist) on Jul 15, 2020 at 6:50am PDT As a Christian, a mental health advocate and an abuse survivor myself, I had a lot of complicated feelings as I watched Crist’s video. He referred to himself as a hypocrite and repeatedly referred to “his behavior” or “personal life,” but there still seems to be a lack of ownership in calling his behavior what it was: abuse. In referring to his mental health repeatedly, while neglecting to acknowledge or take direct responsibility for the abuse he perpetrated or the harm he caused, Crist is perpetuating the stereotype that people who struggle with their mental health are inherently abusive or violent. In reality, those with mental illness are at an increased risk of victimization and the presence of mental illness does not accurately predict an individual’s potential to initiate violence. In fact, only one mental health diagnosis in the DSM-V is directly associated with a form of abuse — factitious disorder imposed on another and medical abuse — which is clearly not the case in Crist’s situation. Additionally, Christian singer Cory Asbury commented on Crist’s video, saying, “I saw you peepin my IG stories the whole time tho… LOVE YOU, BRO. Glad you’re back.” While the two have a history of joking around, many replies to Asbury’s comment questioned how Crist could have watched Asbury’s Instagram stories if he was truly in treatment without his phone for four of the past eight months. This is an additional layer of concern for what seems to be Crist’s lack of sincere accountability for his actions and the harm he caused. All of this to say, I am most certainly not asserting that Crist does not struggle with his mental health, but instead that mental illness is not a scapegoat for abuse. If Crist indeed has spent four months in treatment for a mental health concern, I am certainly grateful that he has taken the time to get the help and support he needed to heal, but that still does not excuse his actions. If Crist truly intends to turn over a new leaf, it needs to begin with sincere personal ownership and accountability for what he did, not using mental health as an excuse for abusive behavior.