My pain is not your pain so why compare?

An excellent piece.


Two years ago I discovered the mental health community on Twitter.I had been brutally and illegally sectioned under the Mental Health Act and was desperate to make sense of my experience. Almost immediately I connected with other service users who offered support, were open and honest about their own experiences and I no longer felt alone. Many of those first connections have become online “friends”.

However the more connections I have made on Twitter the more I have noticed a sinister and disturbing hierarchy which has finally caused me to speak out. I do not want to be part of a community which “compares and values suffering” and derides people who generously share experiences for not suffering enough. We live in a society full of social comparison, most of us are aware of our relation to others in terms of looks, education, money and social status and we know how…

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