In 2016, Armie sought treatment for Bipolar II and Borderline Personality Disorder.
During Armie’s “hospital-shopping”, as they termed it, one psychiatrist became “stiff and hostile” towards them upon learning that they are a lesbian. Another began asking inappropriate questions such as, “why do you like girls?” and “do you feel like a man?”, even though Armie had made clear that being LGBT was not why they were seeking treatment. While they explored visiting a private hospital, the fees were ultimately too costly for a patient in need of monthly visits. On top of that, the psychiatrist assigned to them didn’t display the empathy they were looking for.
Over a period of three years, Armie visited around five different hospitals before finding a psychiatrist who was accepting, non-judgemental, and listened to their needs with respect.
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