You don’t have to broadcast. Or walk around with a t-shirt displaying your illness. But being open to discuss what its like to be Bipolar or Schizophrenic or depressed or have bouts of anxiety. Is a type of bravery, that most people who don’t fight the good fight, have never known.
The stigma attached to being mentally ill, dates back to Biblical times, so there is a lot of work to be done. To break down those walls and DIALOGUE is the best way to make them crumble.
There is no shame in being ill. Take care of yourself. Mentally and physically, the best way you know how. And if you don’t know how, just ask. It can be your doctor or someone you know who has gone thru the same battle or your therapist or even an online support group.
Education has always been the best way to battle Stigma and discrimination. And the more people know, the more those walls will come down and we can have free discussion and get help to people who need it.
I’ve been fighting this battle for over 20 years. And I am still here.
That’s a strong statement; I have many friends who can’t say that and I could not give you a simple answer to how I’ve survived, but “I’m still here”.
Never feel like you’ve been cursed or that you are less of a person because you have an illness. It may take a long time to get to a place of stability, and it may be shaky at times. But it’s all part of the journey. And if you take it day by day, moment by moment, you will be surprised at the inner strength you have.
Just reading this post is proof that you are strong. You want to know more and you are willing to do something. Don’t give up. There are answers out there.
Everyday I search for a way to survive, and somehow I am doing it.