A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy Themes

Annie G. Rogers
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Stigma Associated with Psychiatric Problems

One of the more evident themes in Annie's book is the stigma that is associated with psychiatric problems. This theme is introduced early in the book as Annie watches the girl being drugged across the parking lot of the Psychological Institute. Annie is on her way to see Rachael when she notices this couple, whom she assumes to be a father and daughter. The girl does not want to go into the building, assumedly to see a doctor there but her father is forcing her. Annie feels this same sense of dread when she realizes how close her therapist's office is to the campus of Glenwood. She is afraid someone might see her coming or going from the building.

Similarly, Annie tells her reader that she has lost scholarships and grants because she has been honest about her mental difficulties. As a result, she...

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