Uncovered

posted April 5th, 2016, 2:01 am


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July 2nd, 2015, 6:50 pm

GreenKrog

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So.. I sort of had a pretty big episode of.. being me.. and I ended up cutting my arm much more deeply than I intended to. I panicked badly and I asked for help from my WoW guild and someone called the EMT/police to come help me.
I was pretty upset at the time, because what I needed was a friend, not the authority to take me away. In the end, I did get 8 stitches and a referral to, hopefully, a better psychologist. In the end, does it mean that the next time I have a brutally bad episode I won't be as willing to reach out? Probably. And that is the issue here.

My point is, there are two sides of the argument here. On the one hand, Bree is right - telling the school that Grace needed help is sort of one hell of a betrayal. But if it had got her the help she needed, is that really a bad thing? Or did it drive her into hiding what she was doing because she was scared of the help she didn't get, or got in the wrong way?
They are both right, and they are both wrong. Because there isn't an only-right answer.

Everything else on the page though? There is wrong there.

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April 5th, 2016, 8:59 am

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I feel like I can completely understand Grace and the way you just wrote about it driving her into hiding because of the help she didn't get, or got the wrong help.

I can just fully relate to this because whenever my issues came into the light at school I never got the help I needed. It didn't matter if it was about my cutting/attempts or about my issues at home it was never dealt in a way that fixed any of it and it just pushed me in the wrong direction for a while.

Now in the present I still have serious issues vocalizing my problems because I am afraid of how it will be dealt with even though I am no longer in the same bad home situation.

I kind of feel really attached to some of your characters just from the fact I can relate so strongly. I really love to read their stories even when they are heartbreaking.

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April 5th, 2016, 11:19 am

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@glitchxo: When we try to get help, and the help just makes it worse, it leads to isolation. It is such a shame when people think they are doing right when really they are just making things worse. My incident in June has made it so that I will likely never be able to ask for help again for fear of being locked up again.

I'm glad you can find something to feel attached to and/or mirror without having to go through it yourself again. That is why I write such horrible things - so that people can try to work through it safely. Its funny, I am transgender but I relate much more closely to Kora than I do to Annie.

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April 5th, 2016, 9:06 am

Yan Mouson

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Bree is kinda scaring me at this point. Seriously, that's straight-up sociopathic behavior. She shows a complete lack of concern for her friends' lives and well-being unless it affects her personally, and talks about them like they're property.

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April 5th, 2016, 11:24 am

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@Yan Mouson: Some people have that quality about them, where they are too heavily in to the leader mindset that they can't show concern for people in a non-quantitative format. For example, a squad leader of military forces may be very attached to the people they serve with, but they will still say 'my men'. I am the technical office manager where I work, and when defending/talking about the employees under me I call them 'my techs'. I am fiercly defensive of them as both my coworkers and friends.

I get entirely where you are coming from, that she seems sociopathic. This doesn't mean we should discount her having a different way of viewing things but trying for the same outcome as someone who uses different words. Look at Erica - she was terrible in how she approached Annie, but now we sort of like her. Talking a certain way doesn't always mean a negative - we need to keep that in mind any time we talk to people.

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April 5th, 2016, 6:38 pm

Yan Mouson

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@GreenKrog: I dunno, I liked Erica from the start, though that's mostly because I can relate to her better than most, and so I understood easily that she meant no harm.

The thing that really bothers me about Bree is when she says she'd rather Kora be dead than friends with Wendy. This is already a seriously not okay thing to say, especially when taking into account her penchant for self-harm, but this is also the second time she's said it. I'm starting to think she actually means it.

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May 1st, 2016, 9:15 am

mittfh

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I suppose you could say their behaviour is typical teenager - they've devised strategies they assume are the best solutions to problems, and are so stuck in their mindset that they disregard any alternative without evaluating the effectiveness of their own.

It's even possible (but not certain) that events earlier in Bree's life played a role in her developing her possessive mindset - we don't know yet.

Then again, half the cast could do with a session or two with Julie... (!)

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