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Clover Poetry Series: More Than An Illness

Clover Poetry Series: More Than An Illness

By Annika Bergstrom, 23


"Destigmatize" reflects parts of my personal experience living with a mental illness. There's a high degree of stigma directed toward people with psychiatric illnesses, even from some healthcare providers. As a society, let's work to increase awareness about things like these, and consider any and all intersecting issues which may include systemic racism, poverty, and cissexism.

"Destigmatize"

Our virtues are masked.
Our symptoms are highlighted in chiaroscuro
We scare others
We terrify ourselves.

We are whole
And yet our diagnoses
Create chaos
Schizophrenia
Psychotic disorder
Borderline

We don’t want to do harm.
We only want to set ourselves free.
Won’t these doctors see
That we also have dreams?

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