I couldn't agree more. You don't really know people who have mental
illness. We struggle, get knocked down, get back up and keep fighting. Telling
somebody who has a mental illness to "toughen up" or "just be
happy" is ridiculous. We are tougher than most people will or can ever be.
Would a cancer patient ever be told to toughen up or just get rid of the cancer?
Never. And never tell a person with a mental illness they need to pray more. We
live constructive lives, very few of us will go on a mass shooting spree, or
commit horendous acts. But we hide for fear of ridicule and being ostracized.
People understand cancer, diabetes, and a host of other illnesses, but are
extremely afraid of mental illness. There is no need to be afraid. Patience and
compassion are all that is needed.
@cavetrollI agree, keep up the good fight and remember you are not
My brother married a woman who was severely abused as a child over a period of 8
years. It left her with an underlying and overpowering anger that manifests
itself about once or twice a month. On these occasions she goes into a rage and
physically attacks him, and he has to restrain her until the anger subsides.
The rest of the month she is a terrific mother, and a kind, loving wife.This has been going on for over ten years. She is starting to get
better, but nobody outside of the immediate family, is aware of her condition.
She has been to several therapists, with no visible improvement.The
amazing thing is that my brother still loves her.