It wasn't until my September 2000 suicide attempt that I learned about gaslighting. Until my hospitalization, my therapy was observed and critiqued by my abusers.
Since I was little, I've been called picky. When I was old enough to try new things — I didn't.
Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. People with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.
I must have seen a half dozen psychologists in as many years. Why couldn’t any of them figure out what was wrong with me?