Chipping Away at MH Stigma🎗

5.8.19 blog entry

What are some of the worst things you’ve heard or experienced that made you feel awful for having a chronic and/or mental illnesses? I’m interested to hear from people with diseases such as depression, anxiety, autism, bipolar and schizophrenia to name a few.

I mean, just check out this chart below. Certainly got my blood boiling.

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I’ve experienced the misuse of terms.

“This weather is so Bipolar!”

“When she’s on her period, she’s mental.”

And don’t even get me going on people talking down to me about med use. People in my family even, for Pete’s sake.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s try to educate ourselves and others, comfort and care for ourselves and each other, and try to chip away at the stigma of the ignorant. (Not stupid. Ignorant. Uneducated. Two different things.)

4 thoughts on “Chipping Away at MH Stigma🎗

  1. In the last 5 years a few instances still cause me to cringe, both occurred on Facebook. I unfriended both commenters and blocked one of them. A cousin wrote something to the effect – “We all know you are crazy…” and went on with the comment – unfriended 😠
    Next – my nieces step-mother-in-law posted a comment on one of my posts which include a blog post in which I thanked my family and friends for sticking by me during a manic episode “Are you taking your medicine?”
    Unfriended and Blocked! 🤬
    I was so pissed in both cases! I hear and often, probably wrongly, ignore the callous comments of folks slinging medical terms at inappropriate circumstances.
    I applaud those who speak up and work to end the stigma. I will strive to do better to do my part.

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  2. I am a huge advocate of breaking down the stereo types and the stigma of mental illness. The problem I have is the resistance from my own family, much like Gina commented on. My own family will say things like “We know you are crazy, you don’t have to tell the whole world”….. I try to share informational meme’s on Face Book. I get lots of negative feed back from family , about me once again talking crazy talk. It’s all very tiring and frustrating

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