“I just have to say one thing and it’s really important that you just listen to me. I just… It doesn’t feel like this, this thing is gonna go away, It’s always there. I can’t… I can’t get on with my life.”
You don’t understand how important this moment was to me. Kieren is eighteen years old, he suffers from severe anxiety and depression, he’s being accused of something he didn’t do, and, as a result, he lashes out. This reaction is completely understandable. And yet, because he is a PDS sufferer, they take the innate humanness of the outburst and twist it to make him seem inhuman. This is what happens when you are part of an oppressed group. They push you, and push you, and you keep your head down, and nothing changes - and when eventually you snap, act out in anger and frustration because you can’t take it any more, they take that reaction and turn it around to justify their oppression. This is the moment when Kieren realises he cannot win. Whatever he does, he will always be a monster.