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    John and Kate have been keeping Sherlock's illness secret for weeks, but now they need Mycroft's help. Sherlock/OC established relationship. Warnings for references to mental illness, abuse and suicide

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  2. 23 Nov 2020

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  4. 31 May 2019

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  5. 07 Jul 2017

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  10. 06 Jul 2014

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    I consider this an AU, but a good one. Characterization is different from what I'm used to, or what I consider "canon" for the characters that inhabit the Sherlock's verse, but there is logic in every character, and that makes all the difference between bad writing/bad characterization and good writing/good characterization. That said, I must stress that this is extremely good writing. Not only the characters have past, present, future and believable motives, but you can differentiate them easily on the paragraphs, thus being pleasant to read.
    On a side note, and completely unrelated to Sherlock's 'verse, what I think I like the most about this fic is how it deals with such important topic as it is mental health. I'm happy to say it has opened my mind a bit about the subject of drugs, about the sectioning, about all the ways in which something can go wrong and right and how it all depends on something as fragile as a person's perspective (or: "I'll not blame the psychiatric hospitals entirely for my bad experiences, but now do you understand why I'm cautious about it, right?"). Also I love the little hints of Aspergers, because Sherlock is not being treated as a child or comparing his bad behavior with it, or making an excuse. The author doesn't shape Sherlock to fits Aspergers. Aspergers can be a possibility because it fits some part of Sherlock. And, interestingly enough, Sherlock is given the decision again and again to accept or not to accept a label, or to consider or not a trait about him a problem.
    In fact, what it's refreshing about this author's take on mental health is how humane it is, how real, how it always states that no matter how much you know about the basis of an illness/condition, you can't possibly predict entirely how a person will react. That everybody is different and that we all have our pasts, our quirks, our own every day battles, and we are all just trying to live the best way we know how.
    I have always been a strong believer that if it doesn't hurt you or other people, you don't have to be declared mentally ill even if you're eccentric or considered mad. But, this story shows you how blurry that line is, and how knowing yourself, and finding answers, can help a lot of people. It's a controversial topic, and I don't think anybody is taking sides, but that's exactly why this is a good read: it makes you think about it; it doesn't allow you to fall asleep safely on misinformation.

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  14. 12 Mar 2013

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