I read this 3-part essay this morning and man, it was exactly what I needed. Sitting at my computer with tears welling up in my eyes, I was reminded why the study of mental illness is so important to me. It is people like Esmé (and you, and me) who can give our society a much-needed change of perspective. There is a significant percentage of the population who grasp for some kind of normalcy in a world that continues to stigmatize their struggle. We must continue the conversation.