People have their ideas of what mental illness looks like. Is it easier to identify in people we do not know, or in people we do not like?

Have you grown accustomed to ignoring the man walking down the street appearing to have an intense argument with what only he can see?
Do we care about her mental struggles when her brilliance makes others money, yet her brazenness creates walls?

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Meet Eunice Kathleen Waymon, more commonly known as Nina Simone. Waymon changed her name to make a living. She did not want her mother to know that she was playing what some called “the devil’s music.” Simone was a Civil Rights Movement activist, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist who lived between February 21, 1933, and April 21, 2003.

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