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Letters to the Editor

Mental illness stigma

To the Editor:

About 20 years ago, a radical feminist group in a small college posted a list of potential rapists. It included every man in the college!

I am an old man who is nearing the end of a mostly happy life. Among its unhappy periods were three hospitalizations with paranoid delusions – nine months in 1966, three months in 1969, and two months in 2003.

I can relate to the young men at that college. If I had to face some of the newly proposed laws about mental health privacy, I probably never would have voluntarily sought help for my symptoms, been involuntarily hospitalized every few years, and led a shorter, less happy life.

Bob Coleman

Woodstock

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