Mental Illness Is So Lonely

With diseases that don't strike the brain and that strike a different organ you can count on support from friends and family as well as celebrities and politicians publically fighting for your cause to a sympathetic public. Luckily, times do seem to be changing. Mental health parity is becoming law of the land, and several well known people are talking about their issues with mental health.

For neurological diseases you generally get or feel abandoned and live in silence. What if 1/3 of the homeless and people in prisons had cancer and not neurological diseases? What does that say about us as a society that we are so willing to throw the sick into prisons and onto the streets because the nature of their illnesses makes us face uncomfortable questions about our own philosophies? Many of us are afraid of what mental illnesses really mean. They mean that our opinions, emotions and views are just due to physical chemicals, tissues and organs. The difference between someone who has no social skills and has religious delusions and a functioning member of society is not etherical, it is chemical and physical. This view contradicts our societies view on the mind, that your mind is an etherical substance that only you control. The reality is it is a byproduct of tissue and chemicals, something most people find frightening and will fight to reject.

I think that is one of the hardest things about recovery. After years of working to recover I now have a job, college degree, friends, social skills, communication skills, life skills, everything. But I still feel I have to hide who I am and what I've seen for fear I will be outcast.

I don't want to spend the rest of my life lying about being sick, or afraid someone will find out.


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4 Responses Mar 8, 2009

You are lucky. Sounds like you will come back, I do not know if i can come back. Besides there is nothing to comeback to.

hi,<br />
its sign of your brave journy.comming and going lonely is a part of life,why bother about peoples reaction.<br />

very inspirational at a time when I am struggling with the being so isolated.

You are not alone. It is sad that people can be so prejudiced about an illness that we certainly didn't want or ask for. To some extent we are all "mentally ill" in varying degrees, but the hell a person suffers who cannot function normally in their daily lives, as they carry the burden and the pressure of being "socially acceptable" is enormous. Good luck to you and don't be afraid to be who you are. You are who you are. It is not you who has to hide. It is up to others to accept and move on. God bless.