I wanted to start a thread here about people using mental health issues as an excuse for whatever they want to do when it means they can do something unacceptable and get away with it. I live with debilitating agoraphobia, and I want people to take it seriously. In terms of affecting what I feel I can do, agoraphobia is no different than polio or MS or Crohn's Disease or any other disease, yet even medical professionals are quick to invalidate my concerns about it because they believe they can do so and they feel that's alright. No matter what I have experienced, it doesn't justify my treating others poorly when I can avoid it. I would like to know if anyone on this forum feels they have experienced something in terms of mental health in a similar fashion, and if you have, what you have done to prevent such a thing from happening again.