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"Most of the time, proper medication, adequate rest and a healthy diet has seen me through difficult periods at both work and graduate school. During a particularly busy and stressful time, when I was somewhat sleep deprived and living on too much junk food, I became irate at a person, who I thought was dealing unfairly with a fellow-student. After a short volley of defensive verbal manoeuvres, I bolted from the classroom in righteous indignation, leaving behind a group of perplexed, wide-eyed students. My coming out was more like storming out."

Image of an old wooden door, set within a wall of rocks. Nailed on the door is a black and white photo of a man with sharp teeth. Below in florid script is the title 'A Disabled Doctoral Student Comes OUt.'