Mad in the UK: Since childhood, I have been fascinated with the mind. My beliefs and moral stances regarding mental health, however, have changed dramatically over the years. My story really begins in high school: I was 15, and as is the case for most teenagers, felt overwhelmed in a world I could not understand. I was distressed, anxious, and lost. I sought answers to my problems in the facets of the medical model — diagnosis, the DSM, and the hope that there was an easy fix for the teenage angst I was experiencing. I would spend hours on internet quizzes attempting to find out what was wrong with me. I would check out books on mental disorders, hoping I might see myself in them. Eventually, I saw a therapist who told me I had an anxiety disorder.
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