End the Stigma

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Mental illness strikes people of every race, of every culture, of every age. Why? Experts have found that it might be hereditary. Others blame the environment. Still, there are many families who suffer emotional or physical abuse. And there is also the stress experienced by men and women who go to war or who suffer trauma.

You may feel ashamed of sharing your bizarre thoughts with your family or friends. But we have come a long way in the treatment of mental illness. People around you will do one of two things. They will ignore you or become angry that you think what you think and feel what you feel. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself!”

Does that sound familiar? Yes, people with mood swings, including depression and anxiety, do feel sorry for themselves, because they do not know how to stop–control, or even suspend their fears. The brain, which is the control center of our bodies, is not functioning, and it will not respond to familiar messages–to things that otherwise we are accustomed to.

If you are experiencing disturbing thoughts, know that you are not alone. There are professionals who help, relieve, and support you.

If you are a “normal” individual who does not know or understand what I have written, please find time to care.

 

 

 

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