Mental illness is more prevalent than many people realise. Most workers successfully manage their illness without it impacting on their work.
The document—nonbinding due to its status as a list of recommended resources—encourages faculty to implement trigger warnings in order to make classrooms more accessible to students with PTSD. Subsequently, students on other campuses called for trigger warnings in their own university syllabi.
In the crossfire of student advocacy for and faculty critiques of trigger warnings, the writers of this article were left feeling disoriented. We are both rhetoric and writing scholars who live with chronic mental illness.
We both write about our disabilities in academic as well as informal and online contexts. Years ago, we met in a corner of the Internet where trigger warnings are de rigueur, and our friendship formed as we discussed how best to balance therapy, medication, doctors visits, and mental illness with the demands of academic life.
We believed that navigating academic careers while mentally ill demonstrated our resilience, but as journalistic and scholarly op-eds on trigger warnings populated our computer screens, we learned that the opposite conclusion was being drawn by some: How does online writing about trigger warnings rhetorically construct mentally ill students and scholars?
How do mentally ill persons intervene in such discourses? And what work could trigger warnings perform in the writing courses we teach? Because they call attention to the emotional pain of students, trigger warnings tap into longstanding assumptions about mental illness—namely, that mentally ill persons are merely malingering, dwelling unnecessarily with emotional pain, and in need of toughening up.
A mental illness like depression is, according to psychotherapist Julia A. Perhaps trigger warnings lean into pathologizing discourses about mental illness in order to find productivity in them? Such is our proposal: Pouring out difficult, messy emotions in academic spaces, trigger warnings function as reverse discourse, reclaiming damaging assumptions about the mentally ill.
In what follows, we will show how trigger warnings work to make mental illness  visible by revealing the interrelation of physical and psychological injury. Then, after reflecting on our own experiences with trigger warnings, we will chart some strategies for employing them in composition pedagogy.
Because trigger warnings work to reveal a cluster of bodily symptoms that are characteristically invisible, their proponents ask others to accept as legitimate something that can lack visible evidence.
Often, when we mentally ill disclose our disability, we do so knowing that others may believe we are exaggerating our emotional pain. Are students who ask their professors to use trigger warnings weepy?
The statistical evidence about the impact of sexualized violence on college students is sobering. The performance of sadness articulated via weeping includes both corporeal and emotional sensations. While physical pain and injury are often seen as visible phenomena, mental or emotional distress is often understood as invisible, as we have just remarked.
Weeping, therefore, is a dramatic performance of making visible the complex interrelation of emotional and physical, visible and invisible pain. It is a concept rooted in the embodiment of emotional pain. By requesting a trigger warning, a student necessarily testifies to a history of experiencing pain, whether arising from sexual assault, physical violence, mental illness, or some combination of the three, and indicates that these impact her continued daily life, both mentally and in the material space of the classroom.
A trigger warning, we suggest, weeps. It is weepy rhetoric—a method of calling attention to pain through language, while foregrounding the interrelation between emotional pain such as mental illness and physical pain including assault or sexualized violence.An article in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities used Medicaid data from to identify and describe people with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) in five states (Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina).
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