One of the worst things that you can say to someone who has a mental illness is that they can just get over it…. that is right up there with.. stop thinking that way… and pray it away.
Most of the time… a mental illness is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, an organ inside the human body. When the heart is ‘sick’ no one says anything about getting over it… or maybe they have cancer… can they just get over it? Then why would you assume that someone whose ‘brain’ is sick can just get over it.
Having an anxiety disorder and constantly living in a type of fear is not an easy task. You have to get up every day to fight the same demons you battled yesterday. You fight this invisible problem that only you can see and you feel unimaginable pain that others don’t know… and then you have to listen to those who say ‘just get over it’
I am not going to just get over my anxiety disorder. That is not how things work. This is the type of stigma we have hovering over mental illness….it is time to break the stigma. Speak out. Speak loud.
What are some of the things that you have heard in regards to a mental illness.