Mental Illness is one of the most common diagnoses, yet it’s one of the least talked-about. Why is that?
Why are people judged because they need to take medications? Why do people judge others because of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PPD and the many others ?
We all know someone who suffers from a mental illness – yet we don’t talk about it enough (or at all). What’s the best thing to do or say? A simple, “what can I do to help?” or, “I’m here for you if you ever want to talk.” Sometimes a quick check-in works wonders. If someone you care about is suffering, reach out – it can make all the difference.
As a society we need to be more open to how people feel and less judgmental – we also need to stop saying things like, “stop feeling anxious”, or, “you’re making a bigger deal out of this than it really is,” and my personal favorite, “you’re acting crazy.” Not only are those sayings rude and hurtful, but they are not helpful in any way or very understanding.
Recently I saw a meme on Facebook, “It’s okay to not be okay.” Which is what sparked this post – we need to stop telling people we are okay when we aren’t. Feelings and emotions are not a burden, so the next time someone asks if you’re okay and you aren’t then say so. Trust the friend enough to be able to confide in them – it might make a world of difference.