My identities sometimes seem to contradict each other, which can be really confusing.
For instance, I often grapple with being simultaneously a psychology student working to enter the mental health field, and a radical mental health activist working to end stigma and improve the treatment of mad people by professionals. (Existential crises: an occupational hazard of trying to dismantle the very system you’re a part of.)
Sometimes this paradox hurts my brain so much that I become exasperated, and wonder if it’s possible at all. Depending on how my studies and my activism are going, and which I’m more devoted to at the moment, I might either wonder why the heck I’m studying psychology or why the heck I’m a radical mental health activist. What did I get myself into???
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