Can you not?
At some point in time between the extinction of dinosaurs and the Paleolithic era, some random human decided that mental illness was not real.
So, that’s not a fact, however, it does feel like those who suffer from any form of mental illness have been fighting to be taken seriously for just about … forever.
We’ve only now begun to feel like maybe our voices are being heard.
The mental health resources available now for those that struggle are bursting at the seams compared to when I was a teenager (back in the Paleolithic era) and yet, there’s still something wrong with the system.
Stigma: a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.
The stigma surrounding mental health is so real it’s almost palpable.
I’m almost 35-years-old and still fear the shame of admitting my disorders.
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Think about it: When you hear someone has cancer or some other dreadful disease, your first reaction may be to comfort them, yes?
But when you hear someone has been diagnosed with … say, depression or anxiety, your first instinct may be to think (or say if you’re really bold) that they’re just being dramatic.