I’m not even sure Wizard society as a whole see mental disorders as a health problem — they seem to act as if mental problems are a moral weakness.
It does seem that way, doesn’t it? The general attitude of the Order seems to be, “Oh, there’s nothing wrong with Sirius, he’s just being a jerk.” Dumbledore’s remarks at the end about how Sirius was “too old and too clever” to be bothered by Snape’s verbal attacks comfirm that. The implication is that if Sirius didn’t behave sensibly, it was his own damn fault. But I think expecting Sirius to behave sensibly under the circumstances was like expecting a man with two broken legs to get up and walk. It just wasn’t going to happen.
Given the way Wizarding social attitudes seem to lag behind Muggle ones, I think Sirius found himself in the same situation that a lot of shell-shocked soldiers found themselves in during the early days of WWI: people who hadn’t been through the same experience didn’t believe that all these soldiers were really sick — they were just weak, or cowardly, and trying to get out of fighting.
marinarusalka's comment in A Case of Sirius Neglect?
#mental illness cw #i would argue the same for cho#harry’s reaction/actions after the end of the fourth book are justified because he /saw/ it all happen #which is true and a good reason to hole up and BE SCARED #but cho—she lost her first love and was treated like a stupid little girl who cried too much #not as somebody who was experiencing a different kind of grief/depression than harry #harry’s was right—cho’s was wrong. #just as snape’s pain was right and sirius’s was wrong. (chazkeats)