Why will we always have to accept that mental illness stigma will exist in our society, and we must continue to remain tight-lipped about this illness. The outside world cannot fathom to the degree of the stamina, strength and what we have sacrificed in our lives. Yet, we must live under a veil of secrecy for fear of reprisal in society and especially in the real working world. Somewhat of a prejudice, for if another major illness was presented, there would be no problem.
Why are we perceived as having a character flaw; what does that have to do with the illness?
Why do people with mental illness, namely bipolar disorder, stop taking their medications when they begin to feel better? It’s comparable to someone with heart disease, and whose blood pressure is finally under control. Would he/she then stop taking the heart meds? This doesn’t make sense.
Why do some psychiatrists think they know everything, yet prove otherwise when we continue to remain unwell for years and years?
Why do people have to lose family and friends over this illness? We are disregarded and abandoned and forgotten about for no other reason than having an illness. Name another illness where this would happen.
Why does the loss of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem take such a beating?
Why does mental illness have to come in second as far as hospital facilities? In our city, we were housed in an old, tired hospital; the only unit left in the entire hospital until they transferred both psychiatric floors over to the newer hospital.
What other illness has you feeling selfish that you are ill; that it’s your fault and that you brought this on yourself. You were lazy. You slept too much, your personality changed and you have no ambition. Feels as if you must continue to apologize.
Why is that “black hole” so deep and the “light at the top” so out of reach?
Why do people say “she had a nervous breakdown”? A family member actually said to me I had a “bad case of the nerves”. Where do nerves enter the picture with mental illness? I’m confused.
These are just some “WHYS” that I thought of….can you think of some?
Written by: Me
I’m reposting this article I wrote a few years ago because my questions still haven’t been answered.