Graham Thornicroft, in his book Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness said this:

“Once a person has been defined as mentally ill, his or her protests are often discredited or, even worse, labelled one more ‘symptom’ of his or her illness.”

How should you respond when someone who caused you years of suffering as the result of a period of abuse tells you “your perspective and perception may be clouded by your mood disorder and may not line up with reality.” No consideration given to the professionals who have treated you and who have no doubt in their minds that the abuse truly happened.

That’s what it is to have a mental illness. That’s what it is to be discriminated against. You’re no longer considered a real person.

marja