There Is No Shame In Living With A Mental Illness

ID-100260250It isn’t easy to disclose to others that you live with an illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar etc. People can often be judgmental, cruel, will assume things, and even try to talk me out of sharing or blogging about it. I understand that it’s “personal” information, but I feel and know that I have helped others tremendously just by blogging and sharing my journey with those who are also affected. I don’t run with society. I don’t see this illness as a flaw and I am not ashamed that I live with it. There is no shame in living with a mental illness at all. What we should be ashamed of is how society views and treats people with these illnesses. I am utterly ashamed of the society we live in and how mental health is viewed, portrayed, and how it is always put on the back burner. It’s time to step up.

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  1. No one should be ashamed of a mental health issue. It’s a neurochemical imbalance, not a choice. I find it easier to cope with things when reading about other people’s experiences and books about treatment, options to alleviate the pain, etc. I just finished a very interesting set of books called “Healing the Mind and Body” by Paul Corona MD (( As someone who suffers from mental health issues I try to stay informed about the medications I take, and also what is available in the future. These books are an amazing source of information about bleeding edge ideas and practices that could very well help many people. He covers a large spectrum of mental health illnesses ranging from depression to bipolar to anxiety. Not only this but he explains in detail the causes, symptoms, and inspirational experiences with previous patients. Dr. Corona seems to live and breath the treatment of these disorders and therefore comes across as a passionate and trustworthy resource. I recommend it to anyone looking to change their life for the better or to better understand their illness.

  2. Well put. It’s sad that those of us living with mental illness aren’t treated the same as sufferers of other diseases. Let’s hope by talking about it we can change it.

    • Exactly. We must talk about it; my entire family has swept mental health issues under the rug and they now have shunned me for two years. That’s really backwards. Recently a so-called friend asked me if I had been taking my Meds. I was deeply offended and hurt. Needless to say we are no longer friends. The stigma issue is so great which is why I choose to talk about it openly. There is no stigma if you have cancer–strange isn’t it?

  3. Great words, may others come to see the world as you do *hugs*

  4. My son has Bipolar and the hard part was his rage and depression but once we got on the Empowerplus Q96 he said he felt like he was living life in color as the rage and depression and the fog he had was gone. At first all teachers and even family made him feel like he was an outcast but today he is in College and shares his story with others in class and he is not ashamed.
    Me Im a mental health Warrior for my son and for others.

    Thank you for sharing this article and Im hoping everyone on here finds how to live life in color.

  5. Kait, What you say is very true. Hiding something only makes it worse. People used to feel that way about a disease like cancer, but things have now changed. Disclosing mental illness shouldn’t involve shame. It’s not the sufferer’s fault. People can be cruel. My husband is bi-polar and I’ve run into that attitude. Some people don’t want to be educated and/or understand. You just can’t reach them. Others are more understanding. I try to educate people. Many here in India aren’t famililar with it at all although there are sufferers here. Mental illness is hushed up here. I’ve tried to do my little part to change that. — Suzanne

  6. I feel the same way. I’ve been asked by my psych and my sister to censor what I blog about since I’m not qualified to say anything about it since I’m not a doctor (my psych) and my friends and employing companies might look at me negatively after my revelatory posts. I want to help clear the stigma regarding my condition though so I’ll just spare them most of the gory details. I’ll still stay true to my self though. 😀

  7. I agree with this. After all, why would someone who gets chickenpox or measles be ashamed? The only exception I can think of are conditions which are, or might be considered, self-inflicted – sexually transmitted dieseases, for example. But people do not choose to have the mental conditions which afflict them.

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