So, Sophie's Choice got me thinking. Even those struggling with "higher order" mental illnesses have prejudices and pre-conceived notions about those lower down on the scale. The thing that gets me about this is that all of the disorders above can be just as disabling as any other. William Styron, the author of Sophie's Choice, suffered with such immense depression that it threatened his life. He called it , "so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self -- to the mediating intellect-- as to verge close to being beyond description." So why, in my interpretation, did he not have the same - respect? - for Schizophrenia?
Have you seen other examples of persons who are great advocates for persons with the same mental illness they suffer from, but still stigmatizes others? I'd love to hear your thoughts.