Have you ever noticed the way people treat mental illness compared to physical illness? Because people are unable to see mental illness they treat it as if it is not even there until they themselves fall on rough times.
There is a certain stigma associated with mental illness; according to the CDC, only 25% of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic towards them. And, it is a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of mental illness.
Despite the staggering evidence and rhetoric aimed at helping people understand, many still do not get that being diagnosed with a mental illness is not something that is in their control; just like having the flu or food poisoning, or cancer is not in their control.
You Will Find Conversations go like this:
Person 1- “ I’m not feeling well today.”
Person 2- “You should Go Home! Take Care of your body.”
Person 1- I’m Not Feeling well today.”
Person 2- Ugh, that sucks, but everyone has those days!
Person 1-“I didn’t start feeling better until I found the right medication.”
Person2- “ Good! I’m glad you found something that is working for you.”
Person 1- “I didn’t start feeling better until I found the right medication.”
Person 2-“ I don’t believe in medication for mental illness. Have you tried herbal tea, though?
Person 1- “I couldn’t get out of bed for a week. I felt so terrible.”
Person 2- “I’m so sorry. I wish I had known, I would have checked on you. Did you see a doctor?”
Person 1- “I couldn’t get out of bed for a week felt so terrible”
Person 2- “Did your boss really let you take a whole week off for no reason?
Do any of these conversations sound familiar to you? It seems that the brain is the only organ in the body that is not fully accepted when It comes to illness. Illnesses involving the mind, which cannot be detected by medical tests and scans, continue to be stigmatized, leaving bystanders less understanding, less tolerant, and less accepting of the people who endure them.
What if it were more like the following? Just food for thought…
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