Thin privilege is going to the doctor to get help for the suicidal thoughts and feelings you’ve been having and not having the doctor sit and shame you for being fat for twenty minutes before giving you a prescription for the same pills you were on last time you attempted suicide- all without so much as a glance at your charts.
Thin privilege is not being told that your depression/bipolar/BPD is all related to your weight and if you lost it you’d be a sane, normal person.
OH MY GOD
OH MY FUCKING GOD I AM SEETHING
Whoever submitted this…I hope you are okay and can find better help. Please do. Not all psychiatrists are fatphobic fartweasels.
This is Thin Privilege: Fat bias + mental illness
Regarding intersectionality: I am a fat woman with a mental illness. When I was experiencing a crisis in my mental health, my psychiatrist intentionally overprescribed a psychiatric medication, despite knowing this medication is dangerous at high doses, because “some studies show high doses lead to weight loss.” When this led to an overdose, involving debilitating panic attacks and terrifying hallucinations, his response was “Are you sure you can’t just deal with that? Don’t you WANT to be thin?” He then tried to convince me to take a different medication solely for weight loss—despite its not being FDA approved for weight loss. When I said I was unwilling to because of potential side effects, he told me I was “lazy” and “non-compliant” and told me I wouldn’t struggle with my mental illness if I were willing to work at being “thin.” He is the only psychiatrist my health care will cover, and I need to continue to see him in order to get the prescription that keeps my mental illness manageable.
I’ve had my own share of negative experiences as a fat woman with a mental illness, but this…I am just beyond fucking appalled.
MIND OVER MATTER ZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Are there things that you feel you cannot say to your mental health provider? (doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, counsellor etc).
If you don’t have a mental health provider, why not? What would you say to them if you did?
Get it off your chest by submitting a short (500 word max) account at mindovermatterzine.tumblr.com/submit
This can be done completely anonymously, or with your name and age to identify you.
Please reblog and help spread the word!
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Thank you so much for the submissions I’ve had so far: they’re brilliant. Please keep them coming!
I’ve changed this to a rolling deadline as I don’t have enough submissions for a zine yet. Thank you again so much to the people who have already written in: you’re all so interesting and eloquent, and I can’t wait to publish your brilliant words.
Signal boostin and remindin myself to submit for laters.