I have been to a mental hospital. I have not been for a while, but I used to be in and out frequently PT SD/Depression, now I just shut off at home. So I have a neighbor( I guess who means well, but she is very nosy) but she would come banging on the door telling me she was just seeing how I was.
I finally had to tell please leave me alone if I don't answer the door, or you don't see me around. She is very ignorant about mental health, I like her but she is one of these people who think, once you've seen a psychiatrist you are crazy! And I even live in CA, the home of the stars where everyone is in therapy.
At least i knew I needed help and I'm still getting that help, and learning more about how to deal with life...There are more people who have never been to a therapist, who really need the help.
And recently I overheard two of my relatives speaking(who I had not seen in years), asking the other If I was doing okay. As I walked in the room the stopped talking..Why couldn't they just ask me? The psychiatrist tell me I am highly functional most of the time. Its just when I do shut down I have no emotions and stay in bed mostly. Other than that I am a free lance, writer and I used to volunteer teaching arts & crafts at the Community Center. Where I was given a wonderful compliment. that I treated everyone the same....We had all kinds of members from RN's to the homeless.
It was there I met more people who could relate to my problem, better than those of the 'sane society'.